Our Mission : About GBFB

The Greater Boston Food Bank's mission is to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. Our objective is to distribute enough food to provide at least one meal a day to those in need. Learn how to help.

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, we distributed 48 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. We are committed to increasing our food distribution in 2014 to provide at least ONE MEAL A DAY to every person in need in eastern Massachusetts.

GBFB acquires food through food industry product donations, food drives and financial contributions that enable us to purchase additional high nutrient quality food. We also benefit from the generosity of over 25,000 volunteers annually who help to sort and distribute donated food products.

GBFB works to acquire, store, organize and distribute food through local food pantries, community meal programs, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and day-care centers embedded in communities throughout the nine counties of eastern Massachusetts. GBFB’s food assistance locator provides an easy way for people in need to find help nearby. GBFB also distributes food directly to those in need through dedicated programs that serve particularly vulnerable groups, such as seniors and children.

Since 2009, GBFB has operated out of a state-of-the-art, 117,000 square foot food distribution facility, the Yawkey Distribution Center, located in the Newmarket section of Boston.

The Greater Boston Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief organization.

GBFB History

  • 1970s – Kip Tiernan begins distributing food out of the back of a station wagon.
  • 1981 – GBFB is legally incorporated as The Boston Food Bank.
  • 1982 – GBFB becomes a member of the America’s Second Harvest - The Nation's Food Bank Network (now known as Feeding America).
  • 1990 – GBFB distributes 5 million pounds of food.
  • 1993 – GBFB legally changes its name to The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc.
  • 1995 – Catherine D'Amato, now President and CEO, joins The Greater Boston Food Bank.
  • 2000 – GBFB distributes more than 15 million pounds of food to the most vulnerable members of our community, mobilizes 7,000 volunteers, partners with 500 food donors, and receives support from 30,000 financial donors.
  • 2001 – GBFB launches its direct distribution Brown Bag and Kids Cafe programs.
  • 2006 – GBFB celebrates its 25th anniversary. The Massachusetts Legislature conveys a parcel of land for the site of the new food distribution facility at 70 South Bay Avenue, Boston.
  • 2009 – GBFB moves into its new facility, the Yawkey Distribution Center, and distributes 31.5 million pounds of food and grocery products.
  • 2010 – GBFB launches its direct distribution BackPack Program in Lawrence and Lynn, providing weekend and holiday packs of food to children who depend on school meals to avoid hunger.
  • 2011 – GBFB announces it will increase annual food distribution by 3.5 million pounds to provide at least one meal a day to everyone at risk of hunger in eastern Massachusetts.
  • 2012 – GBFB distributes more than 40 million pounds, enough for 32 million meals.
  • 2014 – GBFB distributes 50 million pounds for the year, enough for 42 million meals and a cumulative 500 million pounds, enough to feed a sellout crowd at Fenway Park 11,000 times.
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