has been in the food business since her
Italian immigrant parents opened a restaurant when she
She's been a leader in the nation's food bank network for 35 years, coming to The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) as Executive Director in 1995, and named President and CEO in 1997.
leadership and guidance, GBFB's
distribution of food has increased from just under 9 million pounds to over 51 million pounds of food per year.
With the support of GBFB's
dedicated board and team, and the generosity and commitment of donors and volunteers, D'Amato
is leading the implementation of a new and ambitious strategic plan, "End Hunger Here," that will increase food distribution by enough to provide 45 million meals by 2016.
That's enough to provide at least one meal a day to those at risk of hunger in eastern Massachusetts.
"Achieving that goal will require everyone to play their role in ending hunger in our community," continues D'Amato
"With our member hunger-relief agencies already working beyond their capacity to meet the region's growing hunger problem, GBFB
is expanding its own food distribution programs, and collaborating with public and private partners to provide healthy food to those who earn too much to receive government food assistance, but still can't afford to feed themselves or their families."
"Food banks are evolving to meet ever-increasing needs," she
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Greater Boston Food Bank