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Food & dining

A food bank nutritionist who touches half a million lives

Abusy nutritionist might help, oh, 1,000 clients a year. Kendra Bird assists half a million — not singlehandedly, of course.

The director of nutrition for the Greater Boston Food Bank oversees the safety, quality, and healthfulness of the 37 million pounds of food that pass through the Food Bank annually — goods that in turn are distributed to 549 hunger-relief agencies and 490 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters throughout the Commonwealth. Between that and her involvement with the bank’s various educational and food-safety activities, Bird touches a lot of lives.

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