The holidays especially bring the less fortunate to mind. That’s why the Sonesta corporate office in Newton, Massachusetts, has been working over the past two months with the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to help bring relief to hungry people throughout eastern Massachusetts. This compassionate organization distributes 5 million pounds of food each year to 190 cities and towns in and around the Boston area.

Working with local farms and other vendors, the GBFB has recently been able to deliver fresher food to families in need. Today, about half of its deliveries are made up of perishable food items, which translates into fewer preservatives and more nutrient-rich diets.

Since September, the Sonesta corporate office has been raising money for the GBFB as part of a major fundraising campaign. Bake sales, raffles, silent auctions, and more have helped us raise more than $11,000, which translates into 33,000 meals to the food bank’s clients. In addition, the team spent November 14 (its annual Day of Giving) sorting food items that have been donated or purchased by employees and their families.

This isn’t the first time the main office of Sonesta has worked to feed the hungry. Last fall, employees helped harvest fresh vegetables at Baker Bridge Farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts to support The Food Project. Sonesta Philadelphia, too, has done their part to fight hunger, directly distributing food to the homeless via their “Lunch Cart Crew.” And on October 31, employees of Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore gave the homeless and impoverished women of their city nourishment and support when they showed up bright and early at My Sister’s Place Women’s Center to serve breakfast.

It’s all part of the Sonesta Culture of Caring, giving back and giving thanks to the communities we serve.