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November 22, 2013

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Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department took part in the Greater Boston Food Bank’s Chain of Giving Thanksgiving turkey drive.

Members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently lent some helping hands to the Greater Boston Food Bank’s Annual “Chain of Giving” Thanksgiving turkey drive.

Now in its 8th year, the Greater Boston Food Bank’s (GBFB) Chain of Giving drive is held each year to benefit poor and middle–class families in need within nine counties around Massachusetts.

This year, members of the Sheriff’s Department joined more than 100 volunteers as they formed a human chain or “bucket brigade” to help unload hundreds of frozen turkeys from a delivery truck and pass them along the chain into the Food Bank’s Yawkey Distribution Center freezer where they were stored for Thanksgiving distribution.

Speaking about the participation of custody and non–custody staff from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins offered praise for both the volunteers and the organization.

“The Food Bank has had a tremendously positive impact on so many people in and around Suffolk County,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “I’m proud of our team of volunteers for contributing their time once again for this event, this vital organization and the people they serve.”

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger–relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, the organization distributed almost 41 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. The GBFB is committed to increasing its food distribution to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts.

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