Thursday, Project Bread announced the distribution of $1.79 million to 365 food programs across the state, including $116,000 to programs at non-profit organizations in the South Shore region.
Among the 23 programs receiving grants:
· The Braintree Community Food Pantry – Braintree
· Braintree Holidays/Friends, Inc. – Braintree
· Canton Area Helpline and Food Pantry – Canton
· Dedham Food Pantry – Dedham
· Wellspring’s Food Pantry – Hull
· Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless’ Pilgrims Hope Food Pantry – Kingston
· Concord Baptist Church’s Lois Prout Food Pantry – Milton
· Milton Community Food Pantry, Inc. – Milton
· The Ecumenical Community Food Pantry, Inc. – Norwood
· Catholic Charities South’s Plymouth Food Pantry – Plymouth
· Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Centers’ Wellness Food Pantry – Plymouth
· The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry and Meals Program – Plymouth
· South Shore Community Action Council’s Head Start Program – Plymouth
· South Shore Community Action Council’s Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse – Plymouth
· Esther R. Sanger Center for Compassion’s pantry and meal program – Quincy
· Father Bill's Place – Quincy
· Germantown Food Pantry – Quincy
· Interfaith Social Services’ Pantry Shelf – Quincy
· Quincy Community Action Program’s Emergency Food Center – Quincy
· The Salvation Army Quincy Food Pantry – Quincy
· Weymouth Council for the Hungry’s Food Pantry – Weymouth
For 750,000 people across the state, skipping a meal is not a choice: it’s a very real part of daily life. Project Bread believes that the best antihunger programs meet people where they are––and provide people with a hand up, not a hand-out. The programs supported by these grants serve as temporary solutions when options are scarce and the need is great, provided with dignity and kindness.
“Hunger is a very real, chronic condition in our state,” Ellen Parker, Executive Director of Project Bread said in a statement. “There is no typical hungry person. And we know that it takes more than one solution to solve a problem as complex, and yet as personal, as hunger. Each of the organizations we funded provides a critical role in helping to solve hunger in the community.”
Project Bread runs and supports programs that connect community farms to local food pantries; screen families for hunger within health centers; and make it possible for people in need to pick up food with dignity.
In addition to funding community foods programs across the state, Project Bread also funds the FoodSource Hotline—a toll-free hotline that is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger.
To learn about food resources in your community, call 1-800-645-8333.