New England Produce Council members recently volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank. In the front row: Laura Sullivan (from left) from NEPC, Bonnie Lundblad and Bob VonRohr, from Sunny Valley International, and Rob Russo from Dole. In the second row: Alden Guptill (from left) from DiSilva Fruit, Scott Maher and Tom Murray from Roche Bros., Marc Bonneau from Hannaford, Greg Kosofsky from Always Fresh and Janice Stallone of Decas Farms. ( Courtesy Greater Boston Food Bank )

New England Produce Council members recently pitched in to sort and pack food at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Before the group’s monthly meeting, which was March 14 at the food bank, a group of volunteers helped by packing healthy food. It’s the fifth time the group has had a dinner meeting at the food bank, with Dole as a sponsor.

Anthony Sattler, senior vice president of C&S Wholesale and NEPC president, opened the meeting with updates, including information about the 20th anniversary of the NEPC Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo on Sept. 19, according to a news release.

Chris Hill, senior director of sales for Northeast & Canada at event sponsor Dole Fresh Vegetables, gave a presentation to the group.

“The experience at the food bank was awesome and can really make one think about how blessed we are and how all of us can help reach out to those in need more often than we do to make a difference,” Hill said in the release.  “(I’m) very impressed with the staff and level of enthusiasm across all GBFB team members.”

On behalf Dole and the NEPC, Hill presented a $3,000 check to the food bank.

Cheryl Schondek, senior vice president of the Greater Boston Food Bank, said 10% of eastern Massachusetts residents do not know where their next meal is coming from, and one in eight is a child.

“With your ongoing support, we can change that staggering statistic,” Schondek said in the release. “Last year GBFB distributed over 62 million pounds of healthy food to 530 member agencies in 190 cities and town.”

More than 35% of that is fresh produce.

“We can’t do that without this org,” Schondek told the group.

In the past five years, the NEPC and Dole have donated nearly $30,000 and volunteered at the food bank.

 
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