Project Bread Awards Nearly $1 Million to Greater Boston Area
The Walk for Hunger supports hunger relief programs throughout the state
(November 14, 2012 – BOSTON) Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, has awarded $986,400 in grants to emergency food programs throughout the Greater Boston area through funds raised by the 44th annual Walk for Hunger. The grants will support food pantries, schools, farms, food banks, food salvage programs, and other community organizations providing innovative fresh and local forms of hunger relief. Over 43,000 supporters walked to raise money to help the hungry.
More than 150 different agencies in the Greater Boson area will benefit from these grants. Of these agencies, 83 are in the city of Boston and will receive a total of $580,000. Hunger relief programs are a vital resource for people who live with food insecurity — something an estimated 750,000 people in Massachusetts experience. Last year, Project Bread–funded emergency food programs across the state reported serving 61 million meals to those in need.
“As we begin to think about the holidays,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread, “it’s essential to remember those struggling to put food on the table for their families. We owe them as great a measure of relief as possible to get through these difficult times. While we safeguard our emergency food programs, we are also taking a bold new step to reframe hunger relief to include a host of new fresh and local initiatives. These include community gardens, healthy school meals, community food rescue, farmers’ markets, to name but a few.”
Statewide, Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger is funding over 430 food programs in 125 communities. Below is a partial list of grant recipients in the Greater Boston area. For a complete listing, visit www.projectbread.org/fundedagencies .
• God's Helping Hand Food Pantry (Stoneham)
• First Church Shelter (Cambridge)
• Rosie's Place (Boston)
• St. Francis House (Boston) • My Brother’s Table (Lynn)
• Harvest on Vine (Charlestown)
• Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (Quincy)
• Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc. (Somerville)
"Project Bread's support makes a tremendous difference in our ability to bring fresh, locally grown produce, grown with care by area teens, to the tables of people in need. We at The Food Project are grateful for their steadfast partnership with us," said Selvin Chambers, executive director of The Food Project, located in the Greater Boston Area.
In addition to funding food programs across the state, Project Bread also supports the FoodSource Hotline which takes more than 49,000 calls a year to help connect hungry people with the resources they need. FoodSource Hotline counselors confidentially refer callers to emergency food resources in their community as well as provide them with information about school meals, summer food sites for kids, elder meals programs, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. When relevant, they also connect callers with utility, fuel assistance, and MassHealth.
“We are delighted to give back to the Greater Boston area,” continue Ms. Parker, “because so many of our Walkers and donors live right here. The magic of the Walk for Hunger is that the funds raised stay in the community and will support some of the most innovative work in hunger relief.”
About Project Bread
As the state’s leading antihunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. Through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year in privately donated funds to support hunger relief through emergency programs, schools, summer food programs, nonprofit farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, food rescue programs, community health centers, farmers’ markets, community suppers, home care organizations, and other programs that protect the individual and strengthen community food security. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org .