Food is Health


Thank you for making our 8th Annual Food Is Health a Success!

Our evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and a short speaking program about food as health in our community. Please enjoy this inspiring video of our speakers, and a photo album.

Food is Health (formerly Food is Medicine) is an initiative led by GBFB and GBFB Board member Dr. Allen Hamdan of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) which began in 2013.

Food is Health (FIH) is an event to raise awareness and support of The Greater Boston Food Bank’s (GBFB) mission to end hunger here in Eastern Massachusetts. As the largest hunger relief organization in New England, GBFB sources over 100 million pounds of healthy food each year for its 600 partner food pantries, mobile markets, and other vital food programs in 190 cities and towns.

Please join us as we build a conversation around hunger, nutrition, and preventative health, and how GBFB and its network of food distribution partners help to reduce hunger and diet-related diseases and improve health outcomes.


Presenting Sponsors: Providing 50,000 Healthy Meals

BMS logo Cutler logo


Supporting Sponsors: Providing 20,000 Healthy Meals

Anderson logo Hamdan logo Friedman logo
Truscott logo Olivias Organics logo
BI Lahey logo Harvard Medical Faculty logo Teddie PB logo
BCBSMA logo Rehnert logo

Motivating Sponsors: Providing 10,000 Healthy Meals

Kay logo Knez logo Linde logo

Point32 logo Alliant logo


Ambassador Sponsors: Providing 5,000 Healthy Meals

BIDMC CardioVasc logo Cheng logo Lesser logo
McMillan logo DeSimone logo Bay State Therapy logo
Cleary logo Priebatsch logo Tabb logo

Chiang J Li logo Park logo

BCH logo Instacart logo

Food is Health Committee is a compassionate group of professional and community leaders with a longstanding commitment to nutrition and building healthy communities in Massachusetts.

Allen Hamdan, MD, GBFB Board of Directors, and Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School Vice Chair, Department of Surgery, BIDMC
Carol Anderson, GBFB Board of Directors, and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Committee Members
Tamara Baer, MD, GBFB Board of Directors, Pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, Senior Expert and Associate Partner, McKinsey & Co.
Rachel Burgun, MPH, RDN, LDN, Assistant Director of Nutrition Programs, GBFB
Lauren Fiechtner, MD, MPH, Director of Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Jacob Mirsky, MD, Medical Director of the MGH Revere Food Pantry and an Internist at MGH Revere
Carl Paratore, GBFB Board of Directors, and Chief Audit Executive, Point32Health
Deirdre Savage, Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Co-Chair of the Healthcare Committee, New England Council
Malisa Schuyler, VP of Government Affairs at Beth Israel Lahey Health, and Co-Chair of the Healthcare Committee, New England Council
Marci Sindell, GBFB Board of Directors, Chair of Advancement Committee
Robin Sommer, Deputy Policy Manager, Government Affairs (Northeast), Instacart

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For Sponsorship information contact Ashley Walters at

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