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Brown Bag Program

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Access to nutritious food is critical to maintaining good health and quality of life for the senior population. For many, however, issues such as decreased mobility, fixed incomes and rising health care costs can make affording enough nutritious food a challenge. In Eastern Massachusetts, one in five seniors struggles with hunger.

The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Brown Bag program operates at 15 partner sites and provides free supplemental groceries to more than 8,500 seniors in need each month – seniors like Lynn. This vital food ensures they don’t miss meals and receive the nutritious food they need to stay healthy.

How does it work?

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 for distribution. A typical grocery bag weighs about 15 pounds and contains roughly $40 worth of food items such as: milk, cheese, ground turkey, yogurt, spinach, carrots, dried fruit, spaghetti, peanut butter and cereal.

“Brown Bag is a wonderful program. We don’t have to go to the food – the food comes to us!” – Lucille, 79-year-old resident of Brockton

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

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