Feeding hungry folks is a lifelong mission for Catherine D’Amato

Aug 24, 2021 260

BY: Kelley Walker Perry

Hunger sometimes keeps Catherine D’Amato awake at night, but the suffering is not her own. Empathy – and feeding hungry people – come naturally to D’Amato, who is president and chief executive officer of the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB). As the granddaughter of Italian immigrant farmers and the daughter of restaurateurs, she has always known that food and love go hand-in-hand.

She learned the correlation in early childhood. People hoping to trade work for food often knocked at the back door of D’Amato’s Restaurant in Redding, California. Vincent D’Amato, who drove a bread truck to support the family during hard times before opening the restaurant, had another idea. He brought these hungry folks inside, sat them down at a table, and offered them respect and a nutritious meal. No charge. 

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SOURCE: https://www.fiftyplusadvocate.com

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