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THE GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK SENDS SUPPLIES TO AREAS HARD HIT BY HURRICANE SANDY

Thousands of Pounds of Shelf Stable Food, Water Headed for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Boston, MA - The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) has mobilized to meet the ongoing need in three of the East Coast states battered by Hurricane Sandy. GBFB staff and volunteers are busy loading tractor trailers with food and bottled water for distribution later this week in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. As many as five tractor trailers, each carrying approximately 22,000 pounds of supplies, will travel to the City Harvest Food Bank in New York, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and the Connecticut Food Bank to help feed area residents in need and provide sustenance for emergency workers. The first GBFB truck — which left Boston for Maine on Thursday to pick up 22 pallets of bottled drinking water donated by The Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine—arrived in Connecticut early this morning. Ten pallets of bleach and other essential cleaning supplies donated by BJ’s Wholesale Clubs and Perkins Paper will be included in the deliveries.

After determining that the 550 hunger relief agencies it serves throughout eastern Massachusetts had the provisions needed to aid community members impacted by the storm, GBFB Chief Operating Officer, Carol Tienken, reached out to her colleagues in communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, which has left millions of people without power and shelter. “We immediately contacted our sister organizations and began mobilizing staff and volunteers. Food banks always come together in times of great need.” In 2005, GBFB volunteers were deployed in the Gulf after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the coastline. Six years later, GBFB traveled north to Vermont to deliver provisions in the aftermath Hurricane Irene.

Early Saturday morning, GBFB staff will deliver thousands of pounds of hearty shelf stable items including canned soups and stews, protein-packed foods such as tuna, peanut butter, beans and nuts, as well as cleaning products to City Harvest, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, and the Connecticut Food Bank.

City Harvest provides food to 600 emergency food programs throughout New York City, helping feed more than one million people annually. By distributing more than 39 million pounds of food through 1,500 hunger relief agencies in 18 counties, The Community Food Bank of New Jersey helps feed 900,000 each year. The Connecticut Food Bank distributes food and other resources to approximately 600 local emergency food assistance programs in six of Connecticut’s eight counties.

According to Tienken, GBFB is also prepared to deliver additional supplies on Sunday. “Our counterparts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut know we are always ready to help, because they would do the same for us if we needed it.”

About The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. GBFB distributes nearly 41 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to 550 member hunger-relief agencies and more than 30 direct service programs throughout eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. This provides meals for as many as 545,000 people a year. GBFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network. For more information, visit us at GBFB.org, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank), or call us at 617.427.5200.

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