Capacity Building Grants

“For the last several years GBFB has committed over a million dollars in our annual capacity-building grant program, investing in infrastructure projects such as increased refrigerators, freezers and shelving, to transportation and marketing materials,” explained Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO, GBFB. “These funds have made significant advancements in our network’s ability to achieve our mission to end hunger here. This year we have redoubled our investment to accelerate our vision to create a Hunger-Free Eastern Massachusetts.”

In 2019, GBFB distributed capacity-building grants to forty-seven hunger-relief organizations in nearly forty communities across Eastern Massachusetts. These annual grants were provided to support investments that enable GBFB partner agencies to distribute more food and reach more people in need.

As a result of our Hunger-Free by 2028 campaign investment, GBFB nearly doubled this year’s total grant award compared to last year.

This matching-grant program funds up to 50 percent of an approved application, with the balance matched by the GBFB-partner agency.

Capacity Building Grants provide financial support to GBFB Partner Agencies (this opportunity is limited to food pantries, meal programs, and mobile markets) that plan to increase their service capacities to reach more people in need. Please contact the Capacity team at with any questions.

2019 Grant Awardees:
AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Hyannis
American Red Cross/Mobile Market, Boston
Angels Anonymous Inc., Fall River
Attleboro Area Council of Churches, Attleboro
Boston Rescue Mission Pantry, Boston
Boys and Girls Club Brockton, Brockton
Braintree Holidays/Friends Pantry, Braintree
Brookline Food Pantry Egmont St., Brookline
Burlington Food Pantry, Burlington
Centre Street Food Pantry, Newton
Charity Guild Food Pantry, Brockton
Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester
Faith Pentecostal Church, Dorchester
Family Pantry – Damien’s Place, East Wareham
Franklin Food Pantry, Franklin
GGWO/Grace Ministries, Everett
Good Shepherd Parish Backpack, Vineyard Haven
Greater Fall River Food Pantry, Fall River
Holy Redeemer Church/Our Daily Bread Pantry, East Boston
Islamic Multi Service Organization, Roxbury
JFCS Family Table, Waltham
Marshfield Food Pantry, Marshfield
Medfield Food Cupboard, Medfield
My Brother’s Keeper Food Pantry, South Easton
Natick Service Council Food Pantry, Natick
NIC/Nantucket Emergency Food Pantry, Nantucket
Open Table Food Pantry, Maynard
Our Daily Bread-Mansfield, Mansfield
P.A.C.E. Inc., New Bedford
PACH Outreach, Pepperell
Plymouth Coalition for the Homeless, Inc., Kingston
Rehoboth Food Pantry, Rehoboth
Scituate Church Pantry, Scituate
South Boston Community Health Center, South Boston
South Kitchen in Provincetown, Inc., Provincetown
SSCAC, Plymouth
St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry, New Bedford
St. Patrick’s Church, Lawrence
The Open Door Food Pantry, Gloucester
The Salvation Army Lynn Citadel Corps, Lynn
UUC/First Parish Church of Newbury Community Food Pantry, Newbury
Yarmouth Food Pantry, S. Yarmouth
YMCA/Germantown Neighborhood Food Pantry, Quincy
YMCA/Malden, Everett
Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, Wakefield
Walpole Community Food Pantry, Walpole
Weymouth Council for the Hungry, Rockland
Download list for amount received.

*Read full 2019 Capacity Grant Press Announcement >

Discover past year’s recipients:
2018 Capacity Grant Recipients
2017 Capacity Grant Recipients
2016 Capacity Grant Recipients
2015 Capacity Grant Recipients
2014 Capacity Grant Recipients
2013 Capacity Grant Recipients

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