It's well-known that the social center of any home is the kitchen. Food brings people together, signifies celebration, and is a catalyst for bonding. Moreover, food is an essential need - a need that too many unfortunate citizens often go without. The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes approximately 30 million pounds of food and grocery products to more than 600 member hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. The Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and one of the largest food banks in the country, feeding more than 320,000 people annually.

The Food Bank's direct service programs include Kids Cafe, an afterschool meal program for children; Brown Bag, a supplemental groceries program for families and seniors; Second Helping, a program that provides perishable and prepared foods donated by caterers, hotels, academic institutions, and other food service establishments to those in need; and Perishables, a program that distributes wholesome food near its expiration date to Boston Housing Authority residents.

The Greater Boston Food Bank is currently seeking volunteers to conduct 2008 Design Home house tours. Approximately 16,000 volunteers donate their time to The Food Bank each year, and all ticket proceeds from the 2008 Design Home house tours will benefit The Food Bank. For more information about The Greater Boston Food Bank, please visit, and for more information about the 2008 Design Home house tours and volunteer needs, please email

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