Capacity Building Grants

Partner agency loading a truck with food.In 2021, we distributed over $500,000 in Capacity Expansion Grants to 39 hunger-relief organizations in 34 communities across our service area of Eastern Massachusetts. These annual grants are provided to support investments that enable GBFB partner-agencies to distribute more nutritious food to more people in need as they respond to the surge in food insecurity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The capacity enhancing matching-grant program funds up to 50 percent of an approved application, with the balance paid by the partner agency. Applications were submitted for a range of capacity expansion projects, including walk-in freezers or coolers, refrigerated trucks, shelving, cooler bags, and power jacks.

2021 Grant Awardees:

American Red Cross DBA Arc Pantry, Boston
Angels Anonymous Inc., Fall River
Boys and Girls Club, Brockton
Brockton SDA Food Pantry, Brockton
Common Ground Café, Haverhill
Dedham Food Pantry, Dedham
Family Pantry Damien’s Place, Wareham *
First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain
Food For Free, Cambridge
GGWO/Grace Ministries, Everett
Good Hope Inc., Lynnfield
Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center, Mattapan
Holbrook Ecumenical Food Pantry, Holbrook *
Interfaith Social Services, Quincy *
JFCS Family Table, Marblehead
La Colaborativa, Chelsea
Loaves & Fishes Pantry, Devens
Mass Military Support Foundation, Falmouth
Medfield Food Cupboard, Medfield
Mystic Community Market, Medford
Nam Vets Assoc. Cape & Islands Food Pantry, Hyannis
Neighbors In Need, Lawrence
Open Table Food Pantry, Maynard
Pilgrim Church Food Pantry, Dorchester
Rose’s Bounty, West Roxbury *
Salem Pantry, Salem
Salvation Army/Chelsea Pantry, Chelsea *
Selah Day Resource Center, Chelsea
South Boston Community Health Center, South Boston
St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry, New Bedford
St. Stephen’s Food Pantry, Lynn
SVDP/ Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Middleborough
SVDP/Taunton, Taunton
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod Corp., Harwich *
The Open Door/Meals Program, Gloucester *
United Way of Tri-County/Pearl Street Cupboard, Framingham
USCC/Christ the King, Mashpee
Walpole Community Food Pantry, Walpole
YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston

* = Received Winterization Capacity Expansion Grant in January 2021

*Read our full 2021 Capacity Grants Press Announcement >

In 2020, in lieu of the annual capacity-building grant program, GBFB pivoted in response to the pandemic to provide $1 million in emergency funds in the form of unrestricted grants to help all member hunger-relief organizations stay open and actively serving their communities.

Discover past year’s recipients
2019 Capacity Grant 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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