GBFB Kicks Off Seventh Annual Holiday Meal Drive

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The Greater Boston Food Bank Kicks Off Seventh Annual Holiday Meal Drive
Largest hunger-relief organization in New England aims to provide 12 million healthy holiday meals to Eastern Massachusetts families in need

BOSTON – OCTOBER 16, 2017 –The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, today announced its seventh annual Holiday Meal Drive. The drive helps to ensure that families in need across Eastern Massachusetts can partake in the tradition of a nutritious holiday meal. From Oct. 16 until Dec. 31, individuals and teams can donate online to help GBFB reach its goal of providing 12 million healthy meals during the 2017 holiday season.

Watch GBFB’s Holiday Meal Drive Video here:

GBFB encourages local businesses, clubs, church groups, families, friends and surrounding communities to start a Holiday Meal Drive fundraising team as a fun way to challenge each other to achieve a fundraising goal. To donate as a team or as an individual, please visit

A $20 donation provides a healthy holiday meal for five, including turkey and traditional fixings, such as green beans, corn, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, squash and apples. Alternative options include chicken and fish for those with dietary restrictions.

“With more than 500,000 people in Eastern Massachusetts not knowing where their next meal is coming come from, our Holiday Meal Drive goal is to help our neighbors struggling with hunger enjoy a healthy holiday meal they could not afford otherwise,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of GBFB.

The Holiday Meal Drive originally launched in 2010 to provide individuals and families across 190 Eastern Massachusetts cities and towns with nutritious meals during the holiday season. Ninety-two cents of every dollar received goes directly to help end hunger.

About The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB provides the equivalent of more than 48 million healthy meals annually, distributed through its network of 530 member agencies across Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB operates four direct service programs at nearly 70 sites throughout the area. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB serves more than 140,000 people every month in its goal to create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, visit us at, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank) and Instagram, or call us at 617.427.5200.


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