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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 5, 2010

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
(617) 704-6682


SHERIFF CABRAL PARTICIPATES IN FOOD BANK’S “CHAIN OF GIVING”

Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral with State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry and Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank.


Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently helped to kick off the Greater Boston Food Bank’s 5th annual “Chain of Giving” Thanksgiving turkey drive.

Joining with Mayor Thomas Menino and a crowd of volunteers from several agencies, organizations and retailers around Massachusetts, Sheriff Cabral and Department employees helped to transport 720 frozen turkeys from the GBFB’s loading dock in the Yawkey Distribution Center to the freezer by forming a human chain, passing along each precious piece of holiday help intended for families in need.

Each year, the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) renews its commitment to provide a bountiful feast to thousands of families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday by distributing turkeys to households across Massachusetts. Last year, the GBFB distributed 39,121 turkeys and this year the goal has been raised to an even 40,000.

To this end, the organization has put out the call for volunteers to help contribute, pack and distribute the turkeys throughout the season, as well as to maintain their year–round efforts to feed more than 394,000 poor and middle class families in nine counties around Massachusetts who struggle to make ends meet in these dire economic times.

As one of the day’s many volunteers, Sheriff Cabral was both moved and encouraged by the activity taking place around her.

“This is wonderful, it really is,” said Sheriff Cabral. “To have this number of people dedicated to serving such a critical organization in the communities of Massachusetts is very special. The Greater Boston Food Bank fills such a vital role for people who are too often forced to make the choice between heating and eating, and I am elated to be able to assist them in their efforts.”

“We are grateful that Sheriff Andrea Cabral and her staff joined us to help unload turkeys that will be distributed to families in need for Thanksgiving Day,” said Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank. “The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department has become a true partner and wonderful neighbor as it is always there to lend a helping hand.”

To participate in the GBFB “Chain of Giving” drive, you can visit: www.gbfb.org and click on the “Turkey Drive” logo to make a donation or pledge to raise funds by starting a “Turkey Drive Team” with coworkers, friends and family. With each donation of just $13.00, the Food Bank is able to distribute a 12–14lb. Turkey to a family in need this Thanksgiving.


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