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Year: 2017

Four GBFB team members were in Washington, D.C. for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference March 5-7. They joined more than 2,000 advocates from food banks, anti-hunger, public health, legal, and governmental organizations for the most highly attended conference yet. Three key themes emerge...
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GBFB's School-Based Pantries distribute fresh, healthy food to children and families struggling with hunger. Currently, nine schools in areas of high need across Eastern Massachusetts host these distributions. But families receive more than food. GBFB's goal is to have a lasting impact on those ...
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GBFB’s all-new website, ClickNCook.org, makes healthy eating easy, tasty and affordable, not only for those we serve but for everyone. Its more than 500 recipes feature everyday ingredients found in most kitchens. And, the ingredients are also ones that GBFB regularly distributes. Both novices...
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In addition to the 48 million meals GBFB distributes annually, federal nutrition assistance programs - like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) and school meal programs - help food insecure households across Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB is committed to supporting t...
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Last year, the Natick Service Council (NSC) decided it wanted to increase the amount of fresh, healthy foods its pantry could provide to its community’s low-income residents. “We’ve seen demand steadily rising because people can’t keep up with the higher and higher costs of living in Grea...
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The MassGrown Initiative (MGI) is a program developed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to support the local agriculture industry. MGI is funded through the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP), which is a line item in the state budget that provides fund...
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Seventy-six-year-old Ann lives on a fixed income in a Newburyport subsidized housing complex. Laid low by a long convalescence, Ann found herself unable to afford the healthy food necessary for her to recover and stay strong. With help from The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), Ann applied for Sup...
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This year, GBFB took a giant step in connecting hunger and health. We became the first food bank in the nation to hire a physician with a specialty in public health and food security. Under the leadership of Kathryn Brodowski, MD, MPH and our newly formed Food Security Task Force, GBFB has embar...
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For our neighbors in need, winter is the cruelest season. Heating bills skyrocket, but their wages or social security checks don’t increase. Seniors in particular are at risk. Too often, they are forced to choose between being warm and having enough food. They skip meals, or don’t renew medic...
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Susan McLeish of Lexington and Suzanne “Suzy” Lewis of Belmont have a lot in common. Both work in finance and both are generous donors and dedicated volunteers of The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). They share a passionate belief in providing “basic needs” – like food and shelter – t...
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