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About The Greater Boston Food Bank
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 more than 51 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. We are committed to increasing our food distribution to provide at least ONE MEAL A DAY to every person in need in eastern Massachusetts. Our progress toward this goal is documented by town on our interactive map.
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.
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Friends of Boston’s Homeless supports programs that help homeless people transition from the streets and shelters to live peaceful independent lives in homes of their own. Please join us and let's end homelessness with warm hearts - and homes - for all.
Over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children are cared for by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program each year.