Feeding Our Community
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) organizes and plans local food drives each month, as well as accepts donations. Ways to donate without volunteering include monetary donations, becoming a Sustainer Giver, joining a Harvesting Circle, making a stock gift, or even leaving a legacy.
For more information on what each of these options entails, visit gbfb.org/how-to-help/donate.php.
Kids Who Care at The Greater Boston Food Bank
Wednesday, November 11
1 to 3:30 p.m.
The Kids Who Care (KWC) program, run by GBFB, provides bagged and boxed food for children, seniors and veterans at risk for hunger in Eastern Massachusetts. The program takes volunteers as young as 10 years old, giving families and friends the chance to help together. During the event, volunteers will be provided with an introduction to the GBFB, training in food safety and handling, as well as hands-on service activity. Kids Who Care is offered during days in which schools are closed, so that all children ages 10 and up are able to participate.
Sorting Night at The Greater Boston Food Bank
Wednesday, November 18
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Volunteers will be expected to pack food and grocery items into specific categories. Member agencies will then select the groceries from the categories to send out to food insecure families. This volunteering event also includes an optional GBFB tour at 5 p.m.
For more information or to RSVP, please email Joyce MacDonald at JMacDonald@gbfb.org.
Little Brother’s Boston Holiday Celebrations
Thursday, November 26 (and other holidays)
3305 Washington St., Jamaica Plain
The Little Brother’s Program is committed to relieving isolation and loneliness for the older generation. The program focuses on the celebration of life, and offers many volunteering opportunities for those interested. On Thanksgiving Day, and various other holidays, volunteering provides the elderly with companionship and meals. Volunteers are asked to deliver nutritious meals and flowers to elderly homes throughout Boston. Other responsibilities include providing transportation to holiday luncheons, cooking and hosting. The program also accepts donated baked turkeys and other holiday food items.
October 20 through December 5
This program allows individuals, companies, organizations and businesses throughout Boston to collect non-perishable food for those in need. In 2014, the program raised nearly $100,000 for the Boston Bounty Bucks program, as well as 50,000 pounds of food that went to those that are food insecure. During this time about 150 businesses and organizations participated. Food donations are being accepted at Ben & Jerry’s, Boston Fire Department, Boston Library branch and other locations.
MCSS Food Drive
The 3rd Saturday of every month
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center
00 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury
The MCSS food program is organized by The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and provides more than 90 food insecure families with food. Volunteers are expected to be ready to pack the food by 10 a.m., and be ready for deliveries by 1 p.m. Volunteering tasks include pick up, packing, delivery and cleanup.
Community Servings Pie Selling Program
Sign up to become a Pie in the Sky pie seller. Each $28 Thanksgiving pie sold provides a week’s worth of medically tailored meals for a Community Servings client. One-hundred fifty of Greater Boston’s best chefs, bakers and caterers donate their time, talent and resources to provide pie buyers with delicious Thanksgiving pies that help the organization raise more than $800,000.
For information on becoming a pie seller, visit Servings.org/event/pies.
Antonia DePace is a student at Emerson College and editorial intern at Natural Awakenings Boston.