The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, and our mission is to end hunger here in eastern Massachusetts by distributing enough food to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need. With your support, we can provide nutritious meals to over 400,000 children, adults and families - increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and helping to ensure the continued health of our community.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
One in nine residents in eastern Massachusetts do not know where their next meal will come from; for children, that number is one in four. About a third of the population we serve is children under 18 years old, a group which is especially vulnerable to hunger while being largely dependent on proper nutrition to thrive. Without adequate access to balanced meals, including fresh produce and lean protein, children cannot develop to their fullest potential - emotionally, mentally, or physically.
How will this project solve this problem?
Last year, GBFB distributed 48 million pounds to our network of 550 member agencies in eastern Massachusetts, including food pantries, after-school programs, homeless shelters, and through our six direct-service programs. GBFB maximizes the impact of our food distribution by providing reliable access to high-quality, nutritious, food to the organizations deeply involved in their respective communities.
Potential Long Term Impact
With the valued support of our community partners, GBFB continues to expand our food distribution, increasing access to fresh produce and strategically growing to provide at least one meal a day for every person in need. By facilitating healthful nutrition of our most vulnerable populations now, GBFB works to address the acute needs of hungry children and families, and to create healthier communities for the future.
Total Funding Received to Date: $18,466
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,534
Total Funding Goal: $20,000