The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit organization that serves 83,000 people each week through a network of more than 600 member hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts. The Food Bank’s current President and CEO is Catherine D'Amatocite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/30/us/30food.html?_r=4&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1219176413-gsdsUq/TxCD3sfq9KLiGHQ |title=Food Banks, in a Squeeze, Tighten Belts - www.nytimes.com |author= Katie Zezima|authorlink= |coauthors= |date= 2007-11-30|format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= |accessdate=2008-08-20] . The Greater Boston Food Bank is a member organization of Feeding America, formerly known as America’s Feeding Americacite web|url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Second_Harvest |title=Feeding America- en.wikipedia.org|author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= |accessdate=2008-08-20] – The Nation’s Food Bank Network.

Mission

To help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts.

Who The Food Bank Serves

The Greater Boston Food Bank provides hunger relief to an estimated 321,500 people annually, according to “Hunger in Eastern Massachusetts 2006,” a study that was part of a national initiative spearheaded by America’s Second Harvest – The Nation’s Food Bank Network with research conducted by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.cite web|url=http://www.gbfb.org/aboutHunger/documents/HungerinAmerica2006---E.Mass.pdf |title=Hunger in America 2006-eastern Massachusetts - www.gbfb.org |author=Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= 2006-02-02|format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= |accessdate=2008-08-20] According to “Hunger in Eastern Massachusetts 2006,” a third of all households served by The Food Bank have at least one adult working in their household, and 64% of the households live below the federal poverty line. More than a third (109,000) of the members of the households have children under the age of 18, and approximately 10% of clients at program sites served by The Food Bank are age 65 and older.

History

The Boston Food Bank was founded by Kip Tiernan and legally incorporated in 1981. It was originally located at 71 Amory Street in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston and moved to its current location at 99 Atkinson Street in the Newmarket section of Boston in 1992. The Boston Food Bank officially changed its name to The Greater Boston Food Bank in 1993.

The Food Bank broke ground in 2007 at the 2.8-acre site of a new facilitycite web|url=http://boston.bizjournals.com/boston/stories/2007/04/23/story7.html |title=Food Bank to purchase land for larger headquarters – boston.bizjournals.com |author=Naomi Kooker |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= 2007-04-20 |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= |accessdate=2008-08-20] , a 117,000-square-foot distribution center that will enable it to distribute up to 50 million pounds of food and grocery products annually. The new facility is expected to completed in the winter of 2009.The site, 70 South Bay Ave., is across the street from the Food Bank's current location in Roxbury.

References

External Links

* [http://www.gbfb.org The Greater Boston Food Bank]
* [http://www.newfoodbank.org Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope: The Campaign For A New Food Bank]
* [http://www.feedingamerica.org Feeding America]
* [http://charityreports.bbb.org/public/Report.aspx?CharityID=5518&bureauID=0021 The Greater Boston Food Bank’s Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity Report]


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