8,640 pounds of food in 288 boxes… A drop in the bucket compared to the total number of boxes (over 60 million) that move through the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) each year. But roundCorner’s Managed Services team sure left feeling tired yesterday!
A big thank you to the Greater Boston Food Bank and roundCorner customer Feeding America for providing hunger relief to those in need. We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of the critical work that these organizations do.
About the Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) was founded with a vision to end hunger and create a hunger free Eastern Massachusetts within its 190 cities and towns. GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, the organization distributed 60.7 million pounds of nutritious food to people who struggle to have enough to eat. They are committed to increasing food distribution to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities. The Greater Boston Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.
About Feeding America
Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. For more than 35 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of food banks.
The concept of food banking was developed by John van Hengel in Phoenix, AZ in the late 1960s. Van Hengel, a retired businessman, had been volunteering at a soup kitchen trying to find food to serve the hungry. One day, he met a desperate mother who regularly rummaged through grocery store garbage bins to find food for her children. She suggested that there should be a place where, instead of being thrown out, discarded food could be stored for people to pick up – similar to the way “banks” store money for future use. With that, an industry was born.
As the number of food banks began to increase, Van Hengel created a national organization for food banks and in 1979 he established Second Harvest, which was later called America’s Second Harvest the Nation’s Food Bank Network. In 2008, the network changed its name to Feeding America to better reflect the mission of the organization.
Today, Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization—a powerful and efficient network of 200 food banks across the country. As food insecurity rates hold steady at the highest levels ever, the Feeding America network of food banks has risen to meet the need. The organization feeds 46 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
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