Volunteering to end hunger

Nov 24, 2014

As brisk weather ushered in fall in Massachusetts, Bank of America employees around the state participated in the Give A Meal campaign, a national collaboration with Feeding America. As a part of the initiative, which launched in September to call attention to Hunger Action Month, Bank of America worked to raise awareness and donations to help needy families in local communities.

Food Bank Support

Bank of America volunteers teamed up with New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen and safety Devin McCourty to volunteer their time at the Greater Boston Food Bank. There, they sorted and packed food along with local bank leaders, including Massachusetts President Bob Gallery and Bank of America Charitable Foundation President Kerry Sullivan. “Hunger is not just a problem for the families who deal with it directly,” said Gallery. “We all have a responsibility to make sure that everyone has access to the basic needs that greatly affect our children’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.”

Bank employees could also be found volunteering at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which brings more than eight million pounds of food to 200,000 people struggling with hunger in surrounding communities each year.

From Farm to Table

With hunger insecurity on the rise, states like Massachusetts are looking for better ways to raise healthy families. This includes expanding the number of locations where people can purchase food directly from farmers using food stamps. One such location is the Dudley Town Common Farmers Market in Roxbury, run by The Food Project. On September 25, Bank of America consumer banking center employees planted, weeded and harvested produce at The Food Project’s Dorchester farm for distribution at Dudley Town Common. The bank supports the nonprofit’s effort to create a more sustainable local food system.

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