Ending Hunger

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) takes an innovative and multi-pronged approach to achieve our mission to end hunger here in Eastern Massachusetts.

One in 11* members of our community is at risk of hunger. Hunger is not a problem facing just those in poverty—it is also a challenge faced by working- and middle-class neighbors. A recent study shows that 34% of those at risk for hunger in Eastern Massachusetts earn too much to qualify for government-provided emergency food assistance. Many never dreamed they would need a food pantry or community meal program to feed themselves and their families.

Hunger impacts one in eleven of our neighbors in Eastern Massachusetts


1 IN 3

of those we serve
are children


1 IN 5

of those we serve
are seniors


72% of the households

we serve need to use a food pantry on a regular basis to have enough to eat

Why is hunger hurting so many in our community?

The key to ending hunger has less to do with food—there’s plenty of food available—and more to do with economic and political regional obstacles:

  • Most food in the U.S. moves from west to east, putting us at the end of the pipeline and making food more expensive
  • Housing costs are higher relative to other areas of the country
  • Our cold winters mean higher heating and utility bills

Ending hunger means addressing those systemic problems, while doing everything possible, every day, to feed hungry people. Our focus is to provide sustained solutions to support public health to help to create healthy lives and healthy communities.
Through compassion and action, together we can create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts and enable children, families and seniors to hope, dream and thrive. By helping our neighbors achieve greater success, independence and dignity, we also bring out the best in ourselves.

There are many ways to help create a hunger free Eastern Massachusetts.

You can donate money.  You can volunteer. You can advocate. We thank you in advance for helping in any way that you can.

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*SOURCE: Gundersen, C., A. Dewey, A. Crumbaugh, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2016: Food Insecurity and Child Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2016.

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