Our Mission : Brown Bag Program

The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag program provides supplemental groceries to 8,438 seniors every month, ensuring they don’t miss meals and receive the nutritious food they need to stay healthy.

The Greater Boston Food Bank’s "Brown Bag" program currently serves 14 communities and reaches over 8,438 seniors at risk of hunger every month. These supplemental groceries help ensure our most vulnerable neighbors don’t miss meals and get enough of the nutritious food they need.

Each month, GBFB delivers a carefully planned selection of nutritious food items to senior and community centers, where staff and volunteers organize and fill grocery bags donated by long-time donor, Shaw’s supermarkets, for monthly distribution to their clients. A typical grocery bag weighs about 15 pounds and contains roughly $35 worth of food items. A typical bag might contain milk, cheese, pasta, rice, ground beef, tuna, green beans, peanut butter, and oatmeal, based on availability.

Seniors and children need high nutrient, high protein food to help them remain active and healthy, and GBFB’s Brown Bag program provides this kind of food, which many older people on fixed incomes and struggling families are finding it increasingly hard to afford as food and housing costs go up in eastern Massachusetts.

Contact programs@gbfb.org or 617-427-5200 to learn more about our Brown Bag program.

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