One in 8 is counting on us.

Caterine D'Amato | President and CEO, GBFB
Catherine D'Amato


Joanna Travis | Board Chair, GBFB
Joanna Travis, JD


Leadership Message

Dear Friends and Supporters,

In what will go down as one of the most challenging years in our history, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) experienced never-before-seen levels of food insecurity, which continue today. Across Eastern Massachusetts, nearly 700,000 (1 in 8) are struggling to put food on the table. This problem is even worse for children. The pandemic has caused food insecurity among children to rise 117% in Eastern Massachusetts so that now 1 in 5 children live in a home that is food insecure. According to Feeding America, food insecurity has risen for both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (59%) and Eastern Massachusetts (66%) compared to pre-COVID levels, giving our state the unfortunate distinction of having the greatest projected annual increase in food security in the country in 2020.

Just as astounding has been the record-breaking response we have received from you, our volunteers, food and financial donors. Thanks to your generosity and the extraordinary efforts by Team GBFB and our network of more than 600 distribution partners, we were able to help in ways we never imagined. We distributed over 98 million pounds of healthy food (the equivalent of 82 million meals), raised financial resources to purchase an additional $30 million for food, and invested more than $3 million in the GBFB partner distribution network to support COVID-19 response efforts.

Alongside our pandemic response, we successfully campaigned for Breakfast After the Bell legislation. This new state law now requires all public K-12 schools, in which at least 60 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, to offer breakfast after the start of the school day. This legislation will provide meals to over 150,000 children across our state, directly impacting childhood hunger.

We also made history by fully financing a new food distribution model – the Mystic Community Market (MCM) – in Medford, MA.  This program in collaboration with two community partners has already distributed more than 1.2 million pounds of healthy food to neighbors in need. It is our hope to do more of this innovative investment.

Your dedicated and generous support during this difficult year allowed us to help more people than ever before. We thank you for standing with us and supporting our mission as we strive to create a hunger free Eastern Massachusetts and end hunger here.

Financial Summary

*SHARED MAINTENANCE: GBFB receives shared maintenance fees from its member agencies in order to offset the cost of handling and redistributing donated food, as recommended by Feeding America. In FY20 these charges ended in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlights of the Year

No matter the circumstance, The Greater Boston Food Bank works passionately to end hunger across Eastern Massachusetts by providing our neighbors in need the healthy food they need to thrive. Not even unparalleled levels of food insecurity brought on by the pandemic discouraged our resilient team and partners from marching on with our mission this year. Thank you to all who have made these accomplishments possible.


Food insecurity on the rise

As the demand for food during the COVID-19 crisis continues to rise, GBFB remains committed to our mission. Your support enables us to distribute food to neighbors in need during these unprecedented times.

By the Numbers

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts by Team GBFB and our network of more than 600 distribution partners, we were able to help in ways we never imagined.



Pounds of Food Distributed



Pounds of Food
equivalent to Meals


miles traveled by our fleet of trucks to acquire and distribute food


partner agencies
and direct distribution sites.

Where the food goes - Pie Chart

Pantries: 85.1%
Direct Distribution: 7.5%
Kitchens: 3.7%
Shelters: 2.0%
Other: 1.6%

Food distributed

Produce: 31%
Proteins: 20%
Grains: 9%
Canned Fruit, Vegetables,
Condiments: 9%

Food Distributed - Graphic Chart

Household/Non-food: 2%
Prepared Meals 6%
Other Food: 9%
Juice & Beverages: 7%
Dairy and Substitutes: 7%

Percentage of food that met GBFB's Nutrition Standard = 83%

Resiliency and the Eastern Massachusetts emergency food network

During the pandemic, our network of food pantry partners reported an increase of 149% in the number of children served and 104% increase in the number of households served (YOY from July 2019 to July 2020).

The resiliency of our 600+ distribution partners across Eastern Massachusetts was instrumental in the efforts to feed our struggling neighbors during these unprecedented times. In order to bolster GBFB partner agencies during the pandemic, GBFB invested over $3 million in the network in FY20 (Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021) to support COVID-19 response efforts.

The GBFB agency network experienced less closures than our Feeding America food bank peers, who reported over ten percent of their agencies closed or suspended operations in the month of August. By September 2020, only six percent of GBFB pantries remained closed.

Man helping out with boxes
Woman packing a lettuce
Man smiling with a box full of tomatoes
Man with a colorful mask is holding a box with pineapples
Woman holding a box full of food.

Stories of Hope

The faces of hunger in Eastern Massachusetts are many and varied. Each has a story, and here are a few.


“I love the Mobile Market. You have no idea how much it helps families. It’s incredible how much money we save because everything is so expensive in the supermarket.”

Read the story >
Stories of Hope | Cynthia


“We would probably end up eating less if it wasn’t for this. My son loves all the fruits and veggies, so it’s nice to know he’s getting a healthy meal.”

Read the story >


“The pantry has been huge for us. They’ve seen me at many different stages of my life. I feel blessed and thankful for this place.”

Read the story >

Aaron and Emma

“They give you good healthy food, all different kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads, meats, all the great stuff. It definitely helps us save money and use it in different areas.”

Read the story >
Stories of Hope | Emma and Aaron

Thank You For Your Leadership

We are grateful for the unwavering support and generosity of our food and financial donors, volunteers, boards and councils. Your leadership and dedication towards making a positive impact during the COVID-19 crisis has inspired us all to persevere amid the most challenging of years in our lifetime. From all of us at GBFB, thank you.

Where the food goes - Pie Chart

Donated Food: 38%
Farms: 40.5%
Retailers: 33.3%
Manufacturers: 8.4%
Wholesalers: 4.6%
Food Drivers: 0.3%
Other: 12.8%

Where the food goes - Pie Chart

Purchased Food: 62%
Private Funding: 34.5%
USDA: 32.4%
MEFAP: 31.4%
CSFP: 1.7%

  • Leadership Circle*
  • 4M Fruit Distributors
  • Aldi's
  • Amazon
  • B&B Trading Corp.
  • Big Y Foods, Inc.
  • BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc.
  • Blount Fine Foods
  • Boston Area Gleaners, Inc.
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Central Fresh Kitchen
  • Chiquita Brands, LLC
  • Cumberland Farms
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.
  • Demakes Enterprises, Inc
  • DiSilva Fruit
  • Encore Boston Harbor
  • Farmer's Choice, Inc.
  • Feeding America
  • Garelick Farms, LLC
  • Gold Bell
  • Gold Medal Bakery, Inc.
  • Green Thumb Farms, Inc.
  • Hannaford Bros. Co.
  • Hapco Farms, LLC
  • High Liner FoodsHome Market
  • FoodsIrving Farms, Inc
  • Joseph P. Sullivan & Co., Inc.
  • M & J Produce, Inc.
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative
  • Mondelez International, Inc.
  • Nestle Waters North America, Inc
  • New England Apple Products Company
  • New England Coffee Co.
  • Ocean Spray
  • Ocean State Job Lot
  • Paul W Marks Co., Inc.
  • Pepsi Bottling Group
  • R.S. Hanline & Company, Inc.
  • S. Strock & Co. Inc.
  • Salvation Army/Disaster Relief
  • Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
  • Seashare
  • Shaw's Supermarkets Inc.
  • Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
  • Sysco Boston, LLC
  • Szawlowski Potato Farm, Inc.
  • Target
  • Tourtellot & Co., Inc.
  • Trader Joe's
  • Walmart
  • Wegmans Food Markets
  • Western Harvest
  • Whole Foods Market, Inc.
  • (*)Food donors that contributed food valued at $100,000 or more
  • 4C Foods Corp
  • 88 Acres
  • Allen Lund Co.
  • Allstate Trading, Inc.
  • Analysis Group
  • Aramark - Biogen
  • Aramark Refreshment Services
  • Ashley Food Company, Inc.
  • Atlantic Trading, LLC
  • Automated Food Service
  • Baldor Boston, LLC
  • Bar S Foods
  • Best Seafood Inc.
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • BODYARMOR Sports Drink
  • Boston Athletic Association
  • Boston College Athletic Department
  • Boston Gourmet Chefs
  • Boston Marriott Burlington
  • Boston Organics, LLC
  • Boston Salad Company
  • Boston Scientific
  • Boston University
  • Bostonbean Coffee Company
  • Bozzuto
  • Brady Enterprises
  • Joseph P. Sullivan & Co., Inc.
  • Breaktime Cafe
  • Brimmer and May School
  • Broccoli Associates, Inc.
  • C & S Wholesale Grocers
  • C.N. Smith Farm
  • Cabot Creamery - Montpelier, VT
  • Campbell's Soup Company
  • Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
  • Cape Cod Military Support Foundation, Inc.
  • Capital One Card Services
  • Captain Marden's Seafood
  • Casey EMI
  • Catering with Distinction
  • Cavendish Farms
  • Central Reform Temple
  • CFS, Inc.
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Chex Finer Foods
  • Church Of Christ
  • City Packing Co.
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Commonwealth Kitchen
  • Community-Suffolk, Inc.
  • Conagra Foods
  • Concord Foods
  • Costa Fruit & Produce
  • Costas Provisions Corp.
  • Coyote Logistics, LLC
  • Cronig's Market
  • Custom Blends, Inc.
  • Decas Cranberry Products
  • Deep River Snacks
  • Delighted By Hummus
  • Demoulas Supermarkets
  • Dietz & Watson, Inc.
  • DiLuigi Foods
  • Direct Relief
  • Dole & Bailey
  • Dole Fruit & Veg
  • DPI Speciality Foods
  • Dunkin' Donuts No East Dist. Center, Inc.
  • Earls Kitchen and Bar
  • Eastern Standard Provisions, Co.
  • Edesia, Inc.
  • Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • EMD Serono, Inc.
  • EquiFit, Inc.
  • Escape Brands, LLC
  • Essendant - Woburn
  • Eversource Energy
  • Finagle A Bagel
  • FlavaBar Chocolate
  • Flour Bakery
  • Fresh Express
  • Frito Lay, Inc
  • Fuel For Fire
  • GEM Group
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
  • Good Food Made Simple
  • GoPuff
  • Gordon Food Service
  • Gotham Greens
  • Grant Gao
  • Groton School
  • Hanover Foods
  • Hans Kissle Company
  • Hanscom Air Force Base
  • Healthy Nutrition Solutions, LLC
  • Henkel Corporation
  • Highland Kitchen
  • Hillandale Farms Conn, LLC
  • Hippeas
  • Hotel Indigo Boston - Newton Riverside
  • Imperial Distributors
  • inov-8, Inc.
  • Interfaith Social Services, Inc.
  • Jacqueline's Gourmet Cookies
  • JI Naturals LLC
  • John Nagle Company
  • Joseph's Gourmet Pasta Co.
  • Kalahari Snacks
  • Kayem Foods
  • Keefe Commissary Network
  • Kellogg's/Keebler - Franklin
  • Ken's Foods
  • Kettle Cuisine
  • Knapp Schenck Insurance Services
  • Kraft Foods
  • Kraft Heinz Claim Center
  • Leanbox
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Lisitano Produce
  • Little Leaf Farms, LLC
  • Liv's Juice and Acai Bar
  • LSG Sky Chefs, Inc., Boston
  • M&D Distributors LLC
  • M. F. Foley Company, Inc
  • Makomas
  • Mama Rosie's
  • Market Basket
  • Mastronardi Produce/Sunset
  • Mayawell
  • MFS Investment Managment
  • Milton Public Schools
  • Miscellaneous
  • Muffin Town
  • Murray Cantor
  • Mutual Produce Co.
  • Nasoya
  • National Grid
  • Nestle USA, Inc.
  • New Balance Global Flagship Boston Landing
  • New England Country Pies LLC
  • New England Food Bkg. Inc
  • New England Food Foundation
  • New England Ice Cream
  • New England Produce Council
  • Next-Gen Supply Group Inc.
  • Ocean Cliff Corp
  • Odwalla
  • Old Town Trolley Tours
  • Olivia's Organics
  • Omni Parker House
  • OptoGlo, Inc.
  • Organic Market
  • Panera Bread
  • Perfection Snacks
  • Pero Family Farms
  • Peter Condakes Company, Inc.
  • Pillars Yogurt
  • Pineland Farms Potato Co.
  • Pioneer Valley Growers Association
  • Polar Beverages
  • Port Royal Sales, Ltd
  • Price Chopper
  • Price Rite
  • Proctor & Gamble - Gillette
  • Project Isaiah
  • Purple Cactus Catering
  • Quaker-Tropicana-Gatorade
  • Red Barn Coffee Roasters
  • Regency Transportation, Inc.
  • Reichle Farms
  • Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
  • Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Burlington
  • Restaurant Depot
  • Revolution Foods
  • Riviana Foods Inc.
  • Roche Brothers
  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Benefit Trusts
  • Sam's Club
  • Samsonite LLC
  • Save-A-Lot
  • Savory Importing LLC
  • Schwan's Consumer Brands, Inc.
  • Scotties Facial Tissue
  • Seacrest Foods International
  • Sheet Metal Workers Union - Local 17
  • Sid Wainer & Son Produce
  • Siegel Egg Company, Inc.
  • Smithfield Packing Co. Inc
  • Snyder's Lance Incorporated
  • Sonoko Barnard
  • Soul Warming Fundraising
  • Spartan Race Inc.
  • Spindrift
  • St. George Orthodox Church Of Boston
  • Stacy's Pita Chip Company
  • Starbucks - Macy's
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • State Garden, Inc.
  • Stonyfield Farm
  • Striker Produce And Fruit Co.
  • Sudbury Farms Needham
  • Suffield Foods Holdings LLC.
  • Superior Nut Company
  • Taza Chocolate
  • Temple Beth Avoda
  • Temple Isaiah Lexington
  • Temple Israel
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
  • The Fresh Market
  • The Honest Co.
  • The Honey Baked Ham Company - Norwood
  • The Leavitt Corporation
  • Tighe Logistics
  • T-Mobile
  • Transnational Foods, Inc.
  • Travers Fruit Co., Inc.
  • Tribe Mediterranean
  • Tri-Mark East
  • Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc.
  • Tropical Foods
  • Tropicana Products, Inc.
  • Trucchi's Supermarkets
  • Tysip Products, LLC
  • Tyson Foods
  • UltraGeYX
  • UMass Boston
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford
  • Uno Foods, Inc.
  • US Foods, Inc.
  • UTZ Quality Foods Inc
  • Venus Wafers
  • Vita Coco
  • Walden Local Meat
  • Welch's
  • WellPet, LLC
  • Weymouth Food Pantry
  • Winter Moon Farm
  • Yasso, Inc
  • You Give Goods
  • Zone Labs, Inc


Individuals: 90,795
Institutions: 1,332

  • Cornerstone Circle ($500K+)
  • Anonymous (4)
  • Advent International
  • Biogen Foundation
  • Boston Resiliency Fund
  • Feeding America
  • Liberty Mutual Foundation
  • Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund
  • Popplestone Foundation
  • Stop & Shop Family Foundation /
    The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
  • WCVB-TV*
  • President's Circle ($250K-$499K)
  • Anonymous (3)
  • Anonymous fund at The Rhode Island Foundation
  • Blue Bicycle Fund
  • Boston Consulting Group*
  • Richard A. Campana Trust
  • HarbourVest Partners, LLC
  • The Hearst Foundations
  • The Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation
  • One8 Foundation
  • Parachute Fund
  • Trader Joe's*
  • Yawkey Foundation II
  • Leadership Circle ($100K-$249K)
  • Anonymous (4)
  • The Albertsons Companies Foundation
  • The Alvarium Foundation
  • Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
  • Aramco Americas
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Barclays Capital Investment Banking
  • Mr. Joshua and Mrs. Anita Bekenstein
  • BJ's Charitable Foundation
  • BlackRock Financial Management, Inc.
  • Arthur F. Blanchard Trust
  • Bradley and Terrie Bloom
  • BNY Mellon
  • Boston Area Lexus Dealers
  • Boston Scientific
  • Cathy Lurie and the CJL Charitable Foundation
  • Citizens
  • Professor John Core
  • The Davis Family Charitable Foundation c/o Jonathan G. Davis & Margot T. Davis
  • Digital Federal Credit Union
  • The Doe Family Foundation
  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Eos Foundation
  • Becky and Bruce Epstein
  • Google
  • James Herscot
  • Highland Street Foundation
  • Junlin Ho and Derrick Ang
  • Mr. Amos and Mrs. Barbara Hostetter
  • Jordan's Furniture
  • The Klarman Family Foundation
  • Tom and Frances Knight
  • Lineage Logistics
  • Martin and Susan Madaus
  • MFS Investment Management
  • Mintz Levin*
  • Jeffrey Naylor and Shawn Baker
  • Eric and Jane Nord Family Fund
  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Frank E. and Seba B. Payne Foundation
  • Mr. Dwight and Mrs. Kirsten Poler
  • Raytheon
  • Red Sox Foundation
  • Mabel Louise Riley Foundation
  • Mr. Jason and Mrs. Shannon Robins
  • RSA Media, Inc.*
  • RSM US Foundation
  • Sallie Mae Fund
  • Stanley and Kay Schlozman
  • Edward and Barbara Scolnick
  • Shippy Foundation
  • Ms. Elizabeth Skavish and Mr. Michael Rubenstein
  • Subaru of New England, Inc.
  • Don and Victoria Sullivan
  • TA Associates
  • THL Charitable Foundation
  • TJX Companies, Inc.
  • Joanna and Nigel Travis
  • The Trustees of the William H. Donner Foundation, Inc.
  • U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
  • Wegmans
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Sidney and Deanna Wolk
  • (*) in-kind
Total volunteers


Hours Completed


Pounds of Food Sorted

2.9 M

Individuals and corporations that contributed 100+ hours of volunteer time in FY20.
Boston Health Economics, Inc.
Amy ChanKathi Maio
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
MFS Investment Management
Modern Data Center
Oracle Corporation
Pepsi Beverages Company
Anne Randolph
Retail Business Services
Santander Bank
TA Associates

The Greater Boston Food Bank is fortunate to be guided by a dedicated and generous Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Councils who are devoted to our mission to end hunger here.

Board of Directors


Joanna Travis

Vice Chair and Clerk
Trudi Veldman
Senior Director Biologics

Kenneth Lee
Chief Financial Officer
Southern New Hampshire University


Dr. Tamara Baer
Management Consultant
McKinsey & Company
Boston Children’s Hospital

Robert Bralower
The Baupost Group, L.L.C.

Wendy Carruthers
Senior Vice President,
Human Resources
Boston Scientific Corporation

John Core
Professor of Accounting
MIT Sloan School of Management

Mark DeMichaelis
President and CEO
State Garden, Inc.

Dr. Allen Hamdan
Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Mark Hintlian
President & CEO
The Leavitt Corporation/Teddie Peanut Butter

Minnie Joung
Managing Director,
Head of Regulatory Strategy & Support
State Street Global Services

Lisa Kelly-Croswell
Senior Vice President,
Chief Human Resources Officer
Boston Medical Center

Julie LaFontaine
President & CEO
The Open Door

Dr. Bruce Nash
Chief Physician Executive
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Laura Perille
President & CEO

Gordon Reid
New England Division President
Stop & Shop

John Ricciuti

Shamim Ruff
Senior VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance
Stoke Therapeutics

Stephen Woods
Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking
Citizens Bank

Member Ex Officio
Christopher P. Flynn
Massachusetts Food Association

General Counsel
Reena Thadhani, Esq.
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Board of Advisors Representative
Tom Sieniewicz
NBBJ Design

Board of Advisors

Tom Sieniewicz
NBBJ Design


Todd Drager
Sales Executive
Eastern Insurance

Becky Epstein
Chair of Corporate Charitable Giving
Odysseys Unlimited

Scott Friedman
Vice President
Affiliated Managers Group

Beth Garvin
Founder and Principal
Elizabeth Garvin Consulting

James Hardy
Executive Vice President and
Chief Data Officer
State Street Corporation

Jim Lack
President, Founder
HPL Enterprises

Mary Ann Lerner
Executive Director of Development
Raising A Reader

Elizabeth Licari Bodden
Human Resources Specialist
Sirtex Medical, Inc.

Phil Licari
Babson College

Judi Palmer
Retired, Director of Marketing and External Communications
Stop & Shop / New England Division

Carl Paratore
Chief Audit Executive
Tufts Health Plan

Craig Peskin
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Solel Partners

Eileen Pyne
Retired, Senior HR & Administration Executive
Fidelity Investments


Jody Adams
Trade, Porto, and Saloniki Restaurants

Carol Anderson
Former Managing Director
HarbourVest Partners, LLC

Joshua Boger
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Executive Chairman
Alkeus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Steve DiFillippo
Chef & CEO
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Deborah Goldberg
Massachusetts State Treasurer

Agency Advisory Council

David Andre
American Red Cross of Massachusetts

Bernice Behar
Jewish Family and Children’s Service

Fabrizio Bordo
Elliot Community Human Services

Donna Bottari
Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry

Michelle Burch
The Hebron Food Pantry, Inc.

Lynn Calling
Franklin Food Pantry

Beth Chambers
Catholic Charities

Kerin Delaney
Falmouth Service Center

Pamela Denholm
Weymouth Food Pantry

Sue Gabriel
Beverly Bootstraps

Lyndsey Haight
Our Neighbor’s Table

Julie LaFontaine
The Open Door
GBFB Board of Directors

Emma Melo
PACE, Inc.

Chris Menard
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod Corp.

Joe Mina
United Way of Tri-County

Jack Nolan
Pine Street Inn

Mary Ann Ponti
St. Anthony’s Shrine - Franciscan Food Center

Beth Sheehan
My Brother’s Keeper

Laura Striese
The Charity Guild Food Pantry, Inc.

Pam Tarallo
Attleboro Area Council of Churches

Trudi Veldman
GBFB Board of Directors

Food Industry Council

Matt Berkowitz
Legal Sea Foods

Mark DeMichaelis
Olivia’s Organics/State Garden

Janine Dempsey

Bill Devin
Price Rite

Marc DiPersio
A.J. Letizio Sales and Marketing, Inc.

Teresa Edington
Shaw’s/Star Market

Chris Flynn
Massachusetts Foods Association

Charles S. Fradin
Fradin Co

Maribeth Grant
Roche Bros.

Kevin Griffin
Semiotic Marketing International, LLC

Lori Hall
B.J’s Wholesale Club

Mark Hintlian
The Leavitt Corporation

James Mullen
Stop & Shop Companies

Towma Rastad

Chris Reisner
Kayem Foods

Ed Rodricks
Regency Transportation

Ann Trucchi
Trucchi’s Supermarkets

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