Hunger in Eastern Massachusetts–And How You Can Help

Hunger is a silent epidemic. 
Each year, more than 320,000 people seek food assistance in eastern Massachusetts alone.  They are the most vulnerable among us:  children and seniors.  They are people we know: our friends, neighbors, and colleagues.  They live in each and every one of our communities, and are quietly seeking help from the more than 600 member hunger-relief agencies in the nine counties and 190 cities and towns of eastern Massachusetts that receive food from The Greater Boston Food Bank.  

 

 

 

Hunger is a growing problem.
This fall, The Food Bank conducted a survey of some of its member food pantries and soup kitchens to assess the need for emergency food assistance in eastern Massachusetts. The survey revealed disquieting results, showing that the region’s hunger-relief organizations are struggling with the burdens of increased client loads and fewer food and monetary donations, among other challenges.  About 90 percent of the agencies have seen demand for food increase since September 2007, 60 percent of those saw demand increase 10 percent to 30 percent, and another 15 percent saw demand rise by up to 40 percent.

 

Hunger is solvable. 
There is more than enough food available, and The Food Bank is the critical link between those who have food to give and those who need it most.  More than 83,000 people benefit from the stable supply of nutritious food that The Food Bank distributes each and every week. 

Everyone has a role in ending hunger. 
All that The Food Bank does depends on the combined support of compassionate financial contributors, food donors, and more than 16,000 volunteers.   You can help today!   For every comment this post receives indicating it has been read, Tyson Foods, in partnership with Boston’s Social Media Breakfast, organized by Bob Collins of  SHIFT Communications,  will donate 100 pounds of food (up to a truckload full with 35,000 pounds) to The Greater Boston Food Bank.  Help fill the truck.  Comment here (even one-word comments are acceptable – BTW, since the comments are moderated, it might take a bit to get them up, but the comments WILL be posted). 

UPDATE:  The first truck was filled in less than two hours.  We’ve added another truck to the mix (probably can’t do more than that this time).  But if you continue to comment, we’ll donate up to two truckloads of food)

For more information about other ways you can become involved in the fight to end hunger, please visit www.gbfb.org or www.newfoodbank.org
 

Thanks to Beth Kanter and Bob Collins for bringing Tyson Foods into this effort.

 UPDATE #2.  The 2nd truck is full. Wish we could do more, but we need to help some other food banks around the country, too.  Thanks to all who read this post. Now go out and help your local food bank. In the Boston area, go to the Greater Boston Food Bank, or elsewhere around the U.S., visit Feeding America.

938 thoughts on “Hunger in Eastern Massachusetts–And How You Can Help

  1. Christina

    This is a great way to reduce such a big problem in our state!  Keep up the wonderful work! :)

  2. Kim Ebbert

    Learning about hunger is essential for every  citizen including school age children.  They should know it’s not just across the world but in our own communities.  Please provide breakdowns by town,city and county and what small thing each citizen can do to help.

  3. Brenda Mellor

     

    Donate away!  This is a great cause and I’m so glad to see you supporting it. I can testify to the widespread hunger that is affecting our children. I work at an elementary school cafeteria and there are many children who rely on free school lunch as their  main source of food. A month ago I witnessed a child taking a hotdog out of the trash to eat. After researching child hunger I realized it was most likely because it was Friday so he was trying to eat while he could because food is scarce on weekends. I am proud to say that the following week, after determining the problem was more widespread than I was aware, many children went home with backpacks full of food to get them through the weekend and will continue to receive  backpacks each Friday until there is no longer a need for it.   The reaction of these kids? PRICELESS!  I have never seen such excitement over something most of us take forgranted.  This wouldn’t be possible without the donations of good people and businesses! Keep up the good work!

  4. Blog dollars

     

    This is amazing , I love this idea . Kudos many times over . I hope you get more than enough donations to feed boston for months and months ,I am going to mention this to our local food bank thanks for the idea and here’s a 100 pounds for you

  5. joey

    It’s great knowing that people are taking responsibility for the world around them– not just themselves. Kudos to you, Food Bank, and to everyone that support your mission!

  6. Mary Beth Harris

    You are doing a good thing!  It is nice to see that not all big companies are greedy.  Thank you.

  7. Susan @pinkolivefamily

     

    This is truly amazing.. the effect of social media helping out to make changes in people’s lives.. and a great to hear about this via #SBM11 with @kanter ~ Wish all the folks hungry this season all the best and thank you to Tyson Food, Beth Kanter, Boston’s Social Media Breakfast and Greater Boston Food Bank for all the work you do. 

    Best wishes ~ Happy Holidays,

    Susan @pinkolivefamily

  8. Adam R.

    Quite possibly the BEST use of social software yet. And the best test of leveraging multiple distributions methods as I’ve seen this come across on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. Way to go Tyson!

  9. Andrew Sargentos

     

    Interesting program.  Food banks are key public services – thanks for your good work.

     

    Andrew

     

  10. Sarah

    Props to Bob Collins and the Boston Social Media Breakfast for putting this together – I’ll be at GBFB next week helping out and it’s great to see such a generous donation being sent their way!

  11. Joe Waters

    This is great! The hospital I work at, Boston Medical Center, gets food from the food bank as we have one of the few prescriptive food pantries within a hospital in the country.  When we opened this food bank we thought we would serve 4000 people a year, but we serve that many people a month!  And since the economy has gone south that has grown to 6000 a month.  Again, thank you.

    Joe Waters 

  12. Perry Hewitt

    About 90 percent of the agencies have seen demand for food increase

    If you drive through towns you can see the lines outside the centers/churches. Bristol Lodge in Waltham and its ancillary homess support activities are a terrific cause for those looking for an active resource.

  13. Erin Bigelow

    I hope this comment counts!!! Yay! 100 more lbs of food for the truck!!! Woo Hoo!!! Feed the hungry. Save the world.

  14. Lauren Cook

     

    What a powerful and inspiring idea! I’ve recently learned how bad the food crisis has become and I hope this one small comment can help someone in need.

    - Lauren Cook

  15. Dana Root

     

    We all need to think of ways like this to support those in need – the great work is appreciated and necessary :).

  16. Jenn

    Nice work Boston.  Tyson – thank you for making the Boston Food Bank one of the nonprofits you are helping in this great cause related marketing effort. 

  17. Pamela Murphy

     

    What a great thing that Tyson is doing! With the current state of the economy,I am sure the food pantries across the country are very busy.In this day and age, no one should be hungry,not in this country or any other place in this world. Thank you Tyson for your generosity.

  18. lisa

         In these current times many will be effected and little bit helps to maintain the nuritional intake of many. Keep up the work.

  19. Emma Lathan

    The Greater Boston Food Bank does great work all year round-not just at the holidays.  They not only supply food to area soup kitchens and other organizations, they also provide meals for children during the summer months and are committed to nutrition as well.  I am glad that a company like Tyson Foods is stepping up to make this happen since the need has grown.  I am also proud of Boston’s Social Media Breakfast  for making this happen. 

  20. Ed Nicholson--Tyson Foods

    FROM ED NICHOLSON–TYSON FOODS

    In answer to some of the questions raised:

    *No, you won’t get Tyson spam as a result of commenting. I promise

    *Yes, we will be doing this again (in January, in New York–then???) As long as people are willing to participate.

    * "Why not just donate the food? Why make us read and comment on the blog post?"  Would you have been aware of the statistics about hunger in Boston if that’s all we had done?

     

  21. Adam Zand

    Kudos to Ed Nicolson of @tysonfoods for your support of Greater Boston Foodbank and to Beth Kanter @kanter and Bob Collins @robertcollins for making the connections at SMB11. Great work!

  22. Angela Davis

    I’m probably going to get a ton of Tyson spam email for doing this- but as long as they donate food to the poor, it’s worth it!

  23. michaelm

     

    This is almost too good to be true.
    At this time of the year it’s incredible.
    Thanks to all the good folks that made this possible.

    Michaelm
    Boston, Ma

  24. Kelley Roberts

    This is a wonderful thing that is being done.  There are so many people that need the services of the Greater Boston Food Bank.  Thanks to Tyson Foods for this donation.

  25. Nicholas Bonsack

    I don’t believe I could think of an easier way to get people involved in giving than this! =)

    Best of luck with your efforts and a big thanks to Tyson foods for continuing to give even in this recession, when many have scaled back on philanthropy. It really means a lot to all of us.

  26. Alain Theriault

     

    Always glad to see that a "community" can help with just a few words.

    Hats off to those who had the idea and those who give!

  27. Agnes Varnum

    It’ll be great when companies like this will donate food to people in need without requiring comments on a website. But, I guess it has to start somewhere, so thank you.

  28. nancy gruver

    Tyson is awesome.  Having used a food bank in the early 80’s when my children were little, I know what a lifesaver it is for families.  Thanks to all who support in every way.

  29. Chris

    Got a little more than what you bargained for, huh? ‘S all good. Thanks for helping out others this holiday!

  30. carolyn rosner

    It continues to horrify me how the richest nation in the world has citizens who lack the basics… but this program is impressive. Thanks for setting it up.

  31. Grace2244

     

    Wonderful initiative. Wish we could feed all the hungry of our nation by speaking out here. Hats off to Eastern Massachusetts and the people behind this endeavor. You are setting a wonderful example for the rest of the country. Load that truck!

  32. Steve Heye

     

    Great idea and a huge need.  Glad to see companies like Tyson stepping up to the plate in such a fun web2.0 way.

  33. Meghan Formel

    Hurray for Tyson, hurray for Boston’s Social Media Breakfast, and hurray for Bob Collins! Thanks for drawing attention to such an important issue and letting us easily spread a little holiday cheer. 

  34. Web-Witch

     

    Thank you Tyson. You get brownie points with me and go on my list of businesses I want to give my money to.

  35. Chris Dotoli

     It is great that the food bank is there to help the many people who are down and trying to get back up. It will be more important for them to be there with the number of people that have lost jobs this year. You   do a great job and it is nice to know that companies like Tyson continue to help those in need.

  36. Jamie

    I like food, and i’m sure many other people do too.

    Giving food to those less fortunate sounds like a perfectly splendid idea.

    Load ‘er up! 

  37. Anthony Crowe

    Hunger is a serious problem in Boston, but I’m glad we have the GBFB to help people out. And Tyson’s generosity comes at, what is for many, a very difficult time.

  38. justine raphael

     

    Nice idea to help hungry people.  Now how about giving them food that is well-produced?  How about respecting communities and helping them revert to local and healthful foodways?  I get that you want to market your business and appear generous and kind, but it is not generous and kind to squash the ability for local food producers to compete with you by selling REAL FOOD, raised in concert with nature. 

  39. Charliekeet

    Thanks to Tyson – a generous and concerned company!

    I now have another excellent reason to recommend your products, and will be certain to choose Tyson in the market next time, that’s for sure.

     

    Er, eh, also – Vote Quimby!

  40. Amy Speer

    This is a good and important effort.  Thanks to Tyson for their generosity and to the good people spreading the word!

  41. Brian D. Sadie

     

    Pass the food. May the better spirit of this holiday season take hold over the political and business realms and lead to greater awareness, will, and action throughout the coming year.

    Peace and assistance to ALL who require it

    Brian D. Sadie

    Cambridge, MA

  42. Elsa

    Well done to the Food Bank- and thanks to Tysons! …A good reminder that there are many who need support – right in our own community.

  43. Karen

     

    I volunteer at our local food pantry and see how much of a need there is out there for donations.  Thanks for your all of your help to those in need!

  44. Eric Susch

    Not exactly sure how generating lots of comments translates into food.  What is the value of generating hundreds of mindless responses to a post?

    Anyway, it seems like a good cause so here’s my comment.

  45. Michael Holland

     Great work by the food bank of Boston.  Great support done by Tyson Foods to match comments  with food donations.  First one I’ve ever heard about.  Peace.  Mike

  46. Doug Ayen

     

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re doing this. From what I hear, food banks across the country are running short of supplies, and more people than ever are relying on them for sustenance.

     

    Thank you.

     

    –doug

  47. Chris Field

     

    Tyson, Thanks for helping out the homeless!  And a bigger thanks to all of the volunteers who are making this a success.  Without you this would never happen.  Keep up the good work.

    Merry Christmas!

    Chris

     

  48. Jaime Gazes

    This is a wonderful program, and I am hopeful that it will play a vital role in feeding many throughout this holiday season!

  49. Jimmy

    I’m very impressed with the corporate and social responsiblity that Tyson Foods is showing with this initiative.  I will certainly hold it in a better light when making shopping decisions.

  50. Ashley Schweitzer

    This is a great initiative! Thanks to Tyson for making this commitment and everyone who is commenting & spreading the word. 

     

    Ashley

    @missashe

  51. Lauren Grant

    This is fantastic and a great idea. Especially where the state of the economy is tough right now for so many people.

  52. Kate Lee

         Excellent idea; would love to see Tyson replicate nationally.  What great exposure and opportunities for brand-building!

     

  53. Lauren Grant

    This is fantastic and a great idea. Especially where the state of the economy is tough right now for so many people.

  54. Sean

    Thanks to Tyson Foods for helping end an epidemic of hunger in our area! In a recession such as we are having now it’s great to see that some companies aren’t cutting back on what they can do for their community!

  55. Kelly

        Absolutely wonderful. How sweet. God Bless. Thank you for doing this, it is greatly appreciated by all.

  56. ilanait

    Its a sad truth that so many could go hungry without the foodbanks across the country. Special thanks to Tyson for stepping up to help in such a big way. I hope its sets the bar high for all of us who can contribute in out own ways.

  57. Cynthia Hanna

    This issues that the Greater Boston Food Bank is facing are the same that food banks nationwide are struggling to address. 

    This effort is an awesome example of the creativity and connections that can be brought to bear by concerned individuals connecting to social networks via the web!  Hooray for everyone involved!!

  58. daphne

     

    it sort of makes me sad that it really seems it’s only this time of year that anyone pays attention to really basic issues like hunger

    and i guess i am slightly ashamed that i don’t pay enough attention to these sorts of things
     
    but i am glad this is here and i can do some small thing with my comment     
  59. Larry Hawes

    This is a fabulous initiative.  Thank you so much for helping supports/donors to get in the holiday spirit.  More importantly, thanks for helping families in need during this joyous season!

  60. wendy

     

    thank you, tyson foods, SM4SC, firstgiving and marketwire!!

    yay, comments. :)  i love it when i get paid to say things.

     

    <3

    wendy

  61. Mike Wilton

     

    It’s great to hear that Tyson is doing something like this.  At a time of year when giving is so important it’s nice to see that even during an economic crisis companies are still reaching out to the community.  Props to you Tyson, and I hope the 100lbs of food being donated from this comment bring a smile to the faces of many this holiday season.

  62. jenny

     Great idea to both help alleviate hunger in our area as well as bring awareness to the problem.  Clearly, this is bigger than one truck of food, but hopefully this will help move the conversation forward. 

  63. Michelle Riggen-Ransom

    Thank you for your efforts in helping fight hunger. I agree that it is not acceptable for anyone to go hungry and applaud your efforts in getting food to all who need it.

    We’re organizing a food drive at the the December 17th meeting of the Providence Geeks: http://www.providencegeeks.com/ The drive is to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank.

    If anyone is in the Providence area, please feel free to bring canned goods or other non-perishables, meet some cool Geeks, and help fight hunger in our community.

  64. Nick Davidson

     Another 100 lbs. here!  This is a highly commendable effort and a great illustration of holiday spirit. 

  65. Audrey

    I saw a link to this great idea from several people on Twitter. Great way to use social networking for an incredibly worthy cause!

    Hope to see more initiatives like this in the future from Tyson and other private organizations. Great work!

  66. Kory

     

    Props to Tyson for this program! Would be great if we could make a dent in the hunger problem worldwide by simply typing something in a comment box :)

  67. Jeanne Yocum

    A huge tumbs up to Tyson Foods for coming up with this great way to help the Greater Boston Food Bank! Way to go…I’ll be looking for your products next time I go shopping, you can be assured.

  68. TC Cheever

    100 lbs. of food because I open my big mouth, which I’d do anyway? Fantastic. What this page needs, though, is a quick & easy way to automagically post something on Facebook pages.  

  69. Melissa Riley

     

    This is fantastic!!!  I read the story and I hope that truck is filled to the gills!  Thank you all so much for feeling the hungry.  No one in this country should have to do without food in such a rich nation as this one.

  70. Teresa Hall

     

    This is truly wonderful! What a fabulous gift during this financially difficult time for so many people! Thank you for helping to change lives today!

  71. Josh Sternberg

    Great idea! Would love to see it catch on to other food manufacturers. Hopefully you plan on following up with a blog, letting us know the results of this campaign.

  72. Danielle

    Definitely a fan of Tyson Foods.  Think it’s a powerful move to team with groups like the Greater Boston Food Bank.

  73. Linda Blondheim

    Dear Tyson Foods,

    I have used your products for years and now I will feel even better about using them. God Bless you for your generosity of spirit.

    Love,

    Linda Blondheim

    Gainesville, Florida

  74. Adam Covati

    Wow! Thanks for donating so much food to hungry people. It’s great to see corporations give back, especially when during tougher times. That shows real commitment to supporting their communities.

  75. Meaghan

     Thanks to Tyson for their generous donations, to Beth and Bob for their unending support for a variety of causes and innovative technologies and campaigns to help them, and to the community for participating in this worthy effort! 

  76. Michael Fearon

     

    I’m happy to see this work out – now we should all sing: "Tyson’s Feeding You Like Family"

  77. Step

     

    Sounds like a great idea to me.  After reading, it seems irresponsible not to post a comment.  Probably the easiest assistance to giving I’ve done all year.  I hope a follow-up post is put up documenting the give.  Thanks Tyson and whoever arranged this.

  78. Luis Alicea

    This is a good thing that Tyson Foods is doing, I hope and pray that they reach those who need it.

  79. Erica Steller

     Kudos to you for a great post and thank you Tyson for embracing social media and feeding the hungry! This is absolutely wonderful and I’m glad to have the priviledge to be a part of this great effort! 

  80. Jason Armstrong

     

    What a fantastic and admirable thing to do! More companies should follow your lead. Although these are difficult times for businesses, they’re even tougher for the poor. As donations to charitable organizations are becoming increasingly scarce. Companies that have done well in good times need to step up during the bad to give back.

    Great job Tyson! :-)

  81. gladys

         good for you Tyson – great work by the Boston Food Bank – help those folks out!  And, nice use of social media, too! 

  82. Naunihal

     What’s to stop one person from leaving comments from a whole bunch of user names? Are you checking the ip addresses?

    And is the donation going to be 100 lbs of meat?

  83. mary wynne-wynter

    This a terrific initiative and hopefully one that will be modeled by other corporations, community organizers and participants. I’m amazed at what can be done with vision, caring and tech.

  84. Crystal

     

    This is a really wonderful, inspiring effort!  I love to see big corporations give back and donating food has to be one of the best ways to make a difference – especially in this economy when so many are struggling just to put dinner on the table. 

  85. Kim P.

    Thank you for doing this! Are you going to be doing this for more cities or just Boston? Please come to the San Francisco Bay Area! Our food banks are receiving almost twice as many requests for food from last year.

    Cheers to you!

  86. Mark Palmer

     amazed – 100 lbs is a ton of food!  OK, well not literally a ton. actually more like 100 lbs.

    but it’s a lot to give away for just a comment… what if you get like a million comments? anyway good. hope you include some nice burritos with it

  87. Lenore

    Helping others whenever you can is a worthwhile project. Tyson to be commended, others should follow suit in other parts of the country as well.

  88. Emma Lathan

    The Greater Boston Food Bank does great work all year round-not just at the holidays.  They not only supply food to area soup kitchens and other organizations, they also provide meals for children during the summer months and are committed to nutrition as well.  I am glad that a company like Tyson Foods is stepping up to make this happen since the need has grown.  I am also proud of Boston’s Social Media Breakfast  for making this happen. 

  89. Shane Curcuru

    Sweet!  An excellent way to help the homeless as well as get marketing awareness for the company.  I hope someone’s planning to take a picture of them unloading the truck to post on the website, right?

    Devil’s advocate question: how many pounds of food did Tyson donate to the GBFB last year?

    - My name is Shane Curcuru, and I read this blog posting.

  90. katie mcgraw

     

    Tyson Foods & Boston Social Media Breakfast rock!  An awesome endeavor & reminder of the value and importance of giving back. Now I need to go volunteer!

  91. Matthew Snodgrass

    Being involved with our church’s soup kitchen, I see first-hand how so many people could use something the vast majority of us take for granted — a hot meal. Thanks, Tyson, for stepping up not only at a time of need but when the economy’s not so great.

  92. Phyl Herman

    With rising prices on food, electricity, heat, medicine etc. it is getting more and more difficult for families and seniors to make ends meet, Many are cutting down on food and medicine as last resorts. Anything that will help is needed urgently.

  93. Emma

    You’re popping up all over Twitter; that’s how you know you’ve made it. AND you’ve made it for a good cause. Thanks, Tysons!!

  94. Jeremy Herbel

     So, does it matter what we comment, or just that we comment? Can we spam the comments so that you’ll give more food? Can we just ask in our comment that you give a bunch of food anyway?

    Thanks for donating, I’m glad to see Tyson helping out the community! :)

  95. Julie Walraven

    Thank you to Beth & Bob for creating this initiative to allow Tyson to help The Food Bank. We all need to do what we can in these tough economic times to help others in help. This is easy and a blessing at the same time.

  96. Kelly

    Found this link through Twitter. What a great way to use a social network to better the world. Great job!

  97. dana forsythe

     

    this is a great idea… people need to do this more often so everyone can have a meal….

     

  98. Albert Maruggi

    1) Excellent thing you are doing – thank you

    2) On the Marketing Edge blog we do the same.  For every voice mail or posted comment we donate a food item to a local food shelter in St. Paul through our church Lumen Christi. Have been doing it for some time,it’s extremely rewarding.

    3) You’ve reminded me that I need to pick up Tyson chicken tenderloins that I use a lot in chicken strips, stir fry, and home made chicken nuggets (12 year old loves to cook) receipe. 

    Happy holidays to you and all of the people you are helping with this program, thank you again. 

  99. Tanya Garrett

    Great post, great concept.  I grew up in MA, and it will always be near and dear to my heart.  Anything I can do to help from a distance…  A side note; Here in Tennessee, the Second Harvest food bank has been running out of food.  They have been getting record numbers of families. 

  100. Albert Maruggi

    1) Excellent thing you are doing – thank you

    2) On the Marketing Edge blog we do the same.  For every voice mail or posted comment we donate a food item to a local food shelter in St. Paul through our church Lumen Christi. Have been doing it for some time,it’s extremely rewarding.

    3) You’ve reminded me that I need to pick up Tyson chicken tenderloins that I use a lot in chicken strips, stir fry, and home made chicken nuggets (12 year old loves to cook) receipe. 

    Happy holidays to you and all of the people you are helping with this program, thank you again. 

  101. Elizabeth

     

    Great work to all involved. It’s nice to see corporate commitment to communities and people in need.

  102. creativeherb

    Next time you think about pigging out on a meal till you can’t eat another bite, Don’t!  Use that extra money to help people who don’t even have the energy to even stand up anymore.

  103. PurpleCar (Christine Cavalier)

     

    WOW When I heard about this on Twitter from @stales I thought it was spam!  But here it is, real.  Thanks Tyson.  I used to work for the Mars, Inc. family and we worked closely with Tyson.  Even before that, you’ve always been a trustworthy brand to my own family.  Thanks for helping out the Boston Area Food Bank.  I hope other companies take your lead and get the social media crowd involved!  Well done, Beth & friends & Tyson!

  104. Becky Carey

    One of our goals for our Cadet troop is to serve 100 hours in a food bank or soup kitchen.  It’s great to be able to point the girls to a website like yours so they can see they are part of a bigger outreach.  God Bless you for what you do.

  105. Shannon

    Thanks for giving back to a community where it is needed so much. Food banks are hurting, just like everyone else in this ecomomy. Thank you for doing good!

  106. ron casalotti (#bwbxRon)

     

    Kudos to Tyson foods and the Boston Social Media Breakfast folks for their collaboration on this effort. Those of us who grew up in households where the enticement to finish our meal was, "There are people starving in China…" need to realize that there ARE people starving right next door.

  107. Becky Carey

    One of our goals for our Cadet troop is to serve 100 hours in a food bank or soup kitchen.  It’s great to be able to point the girls to a website like yours so they can see they are part of a bigger outreach.  God Bless you for what you do.

  108. Jeff Webster

    Great idea and a wonderful way to bring a little bit of joy to folks during the holiday! Keep up the great work.

  109. Terri Ellman

    This is such an important issue. I’m happy to help by doing something as simple as leaving a comment on this post. I’ll also spread the word with some tweets!

  110. Mike Driehorst

    Like others have said — congrats to Tyson Foods and SMB-Boston (and all those who helped organize this) for this partnership. Hopefully, this effort will be something other SMBs, Social Media Club chapters and related organizations can echo!

    -Mike

  111. Angel Beers

    Thanks for doing this. Americans have to start taking care of each other first so then we can help others. God Bless and Merry CHRISTmas

  112. Donald Berry

    Hunger here, hunger there, hunger everywhere.
    But didn’t X just buy a pile of weapons from Y ?
    Couldn’t they use that money to feed their people instead ?

    .db.

  113. Jennifer

    Excellent initiative. More companies should be involved in socially responsible projects like yourselves.

  114. Tony C

     

    If I’m not mistaken 350 comments are required to load up the truck with food. I am happy to be able to do my small part in this endeavor

  115. Terri Ellman

    This is such an important issue. I’m happy to help by doing something as simple as leaving a comment on this post. I’ll also spread the word with some tweets!

  116. Tony C

     

    If I’m not mistaken 350 comments are required to load up the truck with food. I am happy to be able to do my small part in this endeavor

  117. Wyatt

    This is great and needed work.  My local community benefited from a small fund drive by my community site and I’m glad to aid the cause elsewhere!

  118. Ayelet Baron

    Another example of doing good by leveraging online communities.  Thanks Beth and all involved to do so much for those in need

  119. Ayelet Baron

    Another example of doing good by leveraging online communities.  Thanks Beth and all involved to do so much for those in need

  120. Lindsay

     Thanks, Bob for helping to organize this, and Tyson for donating. This is such a great way to help those who need it right now. 

  121. robert

    Ditto! This is an important effort.

    Unmitigated greed destroys the fabric of society. We shouldn’t pay any one person 10 million dollars per year!

    I also plan on making a large donation to a local food shelter.      

  122. Michael Mason

     

    A great example – perhaps can be modelled in other communities.  Thanks for the inspiration!

  123. Marc Meyer

    If you have never experienced hunger before then you have no idea what is like. It’s one thing to have shelter but a completely different thing to be hunger. Take it from me, I have been so hungry and so poor at one point in my life that I stole for food-You have no idea what that feels like, and how humbling it is. This is a great thing.

  124. Gwen

    What a wonderful, simple call to action! Thanks to the Twitter community for alerting me to Tyson’s generosity.

  125. Marie O'Brien

     

    Ari Herzog told us about your site.  I want to thank Tyson and complement you on such a worthwhile, giving endeavor.  It’s very admirable to see such Samaritarian work being done and your donations could truly change or save a life.  Thank you.

  126. j

    I was at a children’s party recently, and the birthday girl’s father, a restraunteur, was discussing how the economy had driven down demand.

    "Demand is increasing where I’m working," I piped up.

    He was interested. "Where’s that?"

    "At our local food bank."

  127. Edith

    What a great way to use social media and community. Thanks for the thought and effort to help those in need.

  128. Lisa Murphy

     

    Happy to comment for a good cause! Why not go above and beyond the initial offer of 100 pounds per comment!

  129. Mary

     

    What a wonderful feeling to know that our voices are heard.  I’m excited that my comment will help feed those in need!

  130. Brad Lewis

    Great idea – send

    100 pounds of food

      for me!

    Also, friends, neighbors and donors – don’t forget your smaller, local nonprofits in these tough times. They need you more than ever – including the ones NOT doing food, shelter and housing. Share the love, people!

    Thanks to Beth and friends for continuing to make a difference and show the value and power of social media.

  131. Jay Neely - Boston Entrepreneur

    It’s unfortunate that hunger relief organizations are struggling to keep up with the increased demand, and I applaud Tyson’s efforts in helping them through The Food Bank. It’s great that you’re not only being part of a solution to the problem, you’re enabling us to be a part of the solution.

     

  132. Craig

     

    A 40% increase in demand for some areas is alarming.  I think its time to look into how I can help locally as well.

  133. J. Trent Adams

    Came across this CFA via Twitter and thought it was a joke.  Read the post and realized it was legit.  Nice use of nontraditional media to share the message that Tyson is helping out the Boston community.  BTW, the bait worked – I’ve been more exposed to the brand, I was actively engaged with it for a few minutes, and I’m likely to spread the message to encourage others to increase the donations.

  134. Gordon Ryan

    Great way to utilize technology to motivate people to think about others during this time of year. Kudos.

  135. Len Edgerly

    I’m impressed that more than 83,000 people benefit from the stable supply of nutritious food that The Food Bank distributes each and every week.  And also, bravo to Tyson for undertaking this initiative.

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