Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the The Greater Boston Food Bank
A tireless advocate for the hungry for more than 40 years, Catherine D’Amato assumed the leadership of GBFB in 1995. During her tenure, she has transformed GBFB into a $100 million charitable business and increased GBFB’s distribution from 7.5 million meals a year to more than 51 million healthy meals. She has grown GBFB’s network to include more than 500 partner food pantries, meal programs and shelters across the 190 cities and towns of Eastern Massachusetts.
Under D’Amato’s guidance, GBFB has focused on providing nutritious food to those struggling with hunger and became one of the first food banks in the U.S. to establish a health and research team making the critical connection between hunger and health.
D’Amato led GBFB’s partnership with Children’s HealthWatch, a nonpartisan research organization, to undertake groundbreaking research on the health-related costs of hunger in Massachusetts. The study found that hunger cost Massachusetts at least $2.4 billion a year.
Under her leadership, GBFB also launched its Hunger Free 2028 campaign with the ambitious goal of ensuring all those in need in Eastern Massachusetts have reliable access to enough high-quality food for three healthy meals a day by 2028.
Beyond her role at GBFB, D’Amato is the founder of the Hunger to Health Collaboratory (H2HC), a group of cross-sector stakeholders developing innovative solutions to reduce the health consequences of hunger.
D’Amato currently serves on the board of trustees of Fidelity Charitable and Eastern Bank; the board of directors of the Forsyth Institute and the Massachusetts Food Association.