By: Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO GBFB
At The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) our mission is to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts by providing at least One Meal A Day for every person in need. As President and CEO, I take great pride in overseeing this organization and ensuring we are meeting our goals to build a strong network of community partners and volunteers to help End Hunger Here in eastern Massachusetts.
We are committed at GBFB to providing children, one of the most vulnerable populations in America, with nutritious food. With the help of a generous grant from Hunger Is and The Safeway Foundation, we have been able to provide vital food resources for children and families in need, through our Child Hunger Initiative. This initiative is our direct and critical response to the pressing issues of childhood hunger throughout our communities.
Through this initiative, we approach hunger relief with the dual purpose of feeding those at-risk for hunger and improving overall community health. Our large-scale food distribution to a network of over 500 member agencies, including local food pantries, emergency shelters and meal programs, helps us do just that. Families that visit these pantries and are able to “shop” for nutritious food, while other member agencies deliver food directly to groups of individuals in need. This helps ensure that children and their families have continued access to fresh produce, perishable items and healthy options.
No child should ever have to go hungry. Children are our future and by feeding their bellies we are also feeding their minds. A hungry child cannot focus in school, play or grow into a successful member of our society. Everyone can play a role in helping to feed those in need. At GBFB, we encourage everyone to just do something. Whether it’s donating your time, money or food, we all have the opportunity to play a critical role in bringing hunger to an end in our own communities. We truly believe that hunger is a solvable problem and that together, we can End Hunger Here.