Greater Boston Food Bank raises $1.2 million at FreshFest

BOSTON — More than 400 guests attended the Greater Boston Food Bank’s FreshFest, which raised $1.2 million for the nonprofit. That amount is equal to 3.7 million meals for those who face chronic hunger in Eastern Massachusetts.

The GBFB, the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, held this annual signature fundraising event on May 16, 2019 in its 117,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center on South Bay Street in Boston that was transformed for the evening’s gala festivities. It also marked the 10th anniversary of the organization’s home that sits along the Southeast Expressway.

At the event, the GBFB announced its goal to create a Hunger Free Eastern Massachusetts by 2028. Hunger free means that any individual needing food would have access to enough for three nutritious meals a day. GBFB estimates that it will take 10 years, $50 million, and the commitment of cross-sector partners to achieve that goal.

Event sponsors included Whole Foods, Joanna and Nigel Travis, Stop & Shop, VDA, Wegmans, MFS, and Odysseys Unlimited.

All photos by Bill Brett

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