Allsteel Donates Furniture to Boston Food Bank

Aug. 31, 2009

BOSTON – When Boston-based designer Justine Sterling, of Justine Sterling Design, was nearing the completion of a recent expansion project for her client, the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), she realized the nonprofit was hitting its budget limit on the new warehouse and distribution facility with little remaining to adequately furnish the modest space allocated for the organization’s management office.

In search of a solution, Sterling turned to longtime colleague, Amy Hill, an Allsteel architecture and design specialist, who saw this as a perfect opportunity to repurpose Allsteel furnishings that had been used for local trade show displays.

The Food Bank, which distributes approximately 30 million pounds of food annually, is now complete—with reception, office and conference room areas furnished with Allsteel chairs and tables.

“Building a new facility was a daunting task, and most of our financial resources were used for the warehouse, equipment and racking,” says Kathleen Marre, chief administrative officer for GBFB. “Our office furniture budget was very minimal. Without the donation from Allsteel, much of our space would have gone empty. Our employees work very hard, and providing them with such beautiful furniture really improves our working environment.”

Allsteel and its Boston-based team were pleased to know the donation had such an impact.

“The Greater Boston Food Bank provides such an important service to the community,” adds Hill. “So, we’re proud to know we’re helping them in their work and, at the same time, doing our part toward an Allsteel initiative to reuse and repurpose our furniture.”

About Allsteel Inc.
Allsteel Inc. designs, builds and delivers progressive and relevant workplace furniture solutions. The company has Resource Centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, ON. To learn more, visit

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