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Massachusetts lines up for turkeys

Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey (background), and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh helped load turkeys Thursday.
Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey (background), and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh helped load turkeys Thursday.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

It is the annual kickoff to the Thanksgiving season in Boston, and a prelude to a season of giving.

A human chain that included Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh lined up Thursday morning to unload 200 turkeys as part of the Greater Boston Food Bank’s 11th annual Chain of Giving event.

The event is a way for the Food Bank, which provides 58 million pounds of food every year to Eastern Massachusetts residents, to kickstart its holiday turkey distribution.

“This annual event aims to visualize the role everyone can have to end hunger here,” the Food Bank said in a prepared statement. “One in ten members of the community is at risk of hunger, and rising food costs and current economic conditions increase the need for emergency food relief.”

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Some 150 politicians, business executives, and community leaders helped unload the turkeys from a loading dock into a huge freezer.

The turkeys will be used to help prepare the nearly 9 million meals the food bank provides every year during the holiday season, the Food Bank said.

Before the guests unloaded the turkeys, the annual Nally Award was given to 10-year-old Thomas James King, from Boston’s South End. The award is given every year to a student who “has made impactful contributions to ending hunger in his or her community.”

King received the award after starting a food video blog, called EatGiveLive, to spread awareness of the food bank and share food reviews.

Food Bank spokeswoman Kristin Foley cited “the creativity and passion he brings to tackling hunger, and the outsized impact he is having on raising awareness among his peers.”


Olivia Quintana can be reached at olivia.quintana@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.