Driving Out Hunger, One Can at a Time
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Driving Out Hunger, One Can at a Time

Grand Circle associates collect 456 pounds of goods to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank

In January of 2011, the streets of Boston were filled with towering piles of snow—but the associates at Grand Circle headquarters were busy building towers of a different sort. Braving slippery sidewalks, they carried can after can of non-perishable food into the office each day, piling their contributions around the reception area. The goal, according to tradition, was to not even be able to see the desk by the time donations were complete. And with the effort serving to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank, everyone was willing to rise to the challenge.

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is New England's largest hunger relief organization and one of the largest food banks in the country. Founded in 1981, the Food Bank feeds 83,000 people across nine Massachusetts counties every week by distributing to soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, youth programs, and more. Grand Circle Foundation has been supporting the GBFB since 2007, hosting quarterly volunteer nights during which associates sort, weigh, and package up donated goods. Catherine D'Amato, GBFB President and CEO, is also a member of the Foundation's Community Advisory Group.

This year's food drive yielded 456 pounds of canned and boxed goods for the GBFB, which event leader Tom Whearty delivered personally on January 14. Since 1.3 pounds of food is roughly the equivalent of one meal, Grand Circle's contributions translate to 351 meals for hungry Massachusetts residents. What's more, none of the goods were opened or damaged—which isn't always the case at the GBFB. Typically, about 20% of cans and boxes must be discarded for health and safety reasons. But 100% of Grand Circle's contributions were appropriate for distribution, which no doubt made the sorting process easier for GBFB volunteers.

At the end of February, Grand Circle associates will take on sorting duties themselves at the first of this year's quarterly volunteer nights—which are always productive and enjoyable evenings for everyone involved. The Foundation is proud to continue our support of the Greater Boston Food Bank, which does so much to help so many—in Boston and beyond.

Featured in our February 2011 E-Newsletter. Read the full issue here.