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Boston – The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) distributed meals to more than 76,000 families this Thanksgiving, a 37.6 percent increase over last year’s total. The distribution provided holiday meals to many of the one in nine eastern Massachusetts residents in need of food assistance.

In addition to a successful annual online Turkey Drive, increased monetary donations enabled GBFB to honor requests for alternate meal options. GBFB was able reach more families by providing turkey, whole chickens and other poultry to meet the specific needs of each family.

“The generosity of our donors coupled with increased requests for a variety of foods meant that more families could have a special meal at Thanksgiving,” said Catherine D’Amato, GBFB President and CEO. “We thank our donors of food and funds for helping us provide meals to families on Thanksgiving and throughout the year.”

Among this year’s top Turkey Drive teams were Millennium Pharmaceuticals, ITA Software by Google, Hullabaloo BBQ, Prudential Stephan Realty and Trinity Building + Construction Management, Inc.

In addition, Agar, BJ's Wholesale, C&S Wholesale, Hannaford, Harvard Biolabs, Honey Baked Ham, King’s Bowl, Roche Bros., Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC, Shaw's and Subway generously donated turkeys to GBFB. Support also came from Turkeys4America.

According to D’Amato, turkeys, along with all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, were distributed through GBFB’s network of nearly 550 hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts. “Everyone who contributes helps us provide enough food so that every person in need in 190 eastern Massachusetts cities and towns has at least one meal a day. We are grateful to our supporters for their generosity and compassion, especially during the holiday season,” said D’Amato.

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, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@gr8bosfoodbank), or call us at 617.427.5200.

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