The Greater Boston Food Bank delivered over 98 million pounds of food through its distribution partners during the fiscal year that ended in September, a huge spike from the 68 million pounds the organization had budgeted for prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the group said Tuesday.
“A big part of that obviously is from the pandemic,” said Gary Roy, a spokesman for the food bank, in a phone interview. “If you haven’t paid close attention to it, it is a little shocking to hear for the first time.”
Roy said the food bank is currently accepting donations for its annual Hunger Free Holidays drive to help families in need during the holiday season. A $25 donation, Roy said, is enough to purchase a holiday meal for a family.
And families are increasingly battling food insecurity nationwide, according to Feeding America, a national network of food banks that includes the Boston