One in ten 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.
Last year, GBFB distributed 57 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.
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.