Improving Nutrition

Nutrition is part of our integrated strategies to provide sustained solutions and to achieve our goal of creating a healthy and hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts.



19.6 million pounds

of fresh produce.

For those who struggle to afford enough nutritious food, inexpensive and unhealthy foods are sometimes the only option. Without proper nutrition, risk of chronic diseases is higher and it can be difficult to focus and to succeed in school and at work.

Our nutrition team oversees the nutritional value of all the food we distribute. Their hard work ensures that 79% of the food we distribute meets the highest nutrition standards as defined by the Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) system. And, 32% of the food we distribute is fresh produce, much sourced from the 30 local farms we work with.

“Twenty years ago, we could not move a carrot from our warehouse, truly, not one carrot. Today over 19 million pounds of produce is consumed by our clients. That’s 142,000 people a month eating better.”
– Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO

Last year, we distributed more than 19.6 million pounds of fresh produce.

GBFB’s Registered Dietitians provide nutrition education throughout the communities we serve through educational programs and resources such as Click ‘N Cook. Our goal is to have lasting impact on the health of the children, families and seniors we serve, enabling them to hope and contribute again. By helping our neighbors achieve greater health, success, independence and dignity, we also bring out the best in ourselves.

Our goal is to be a leader in providing nutritious food to sustain healthful eating and to create healthy communities.

GBFB's Most-Distributed Produce
GBFB’s Most-Distributed Produce


Nutritious Bytes

Check out the latest edition of
Nutritious Bytes (February 2019): Meal Prep Food, What to do with Citrus Foods, Canned Goods + more

Past editions:
Nutritious Bytes (January 2019): Dietary Fat; National Soup Month; What can you do with Frozen Fruit? + more
December 2018: Nutritious Bytes
November 2018: Nutritious Bytes
October 2018: Nutritious Bytes
September 2018: Nutritious Bytes
August 2018: Nutritious Bytes
July 2018: Nutritious Bytes
June 2018: Nutritious Bytes
May 2018: Nutritious Bytes
April 2018: Nutritious Bytes
March 2018: Nutritious Bytes

More Nutrition Resources

Dietetic Internships: The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Registered Dietitians accept dietetic interns from traditional
and distance learning programs for Community or Elective rotations. Please click here for more information.

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