Project Bread Awards over $78,000 to MetroWest Area Food Programs
(November 8, 2012 – BOSTON) Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, has awarded $78,700 in grants to emergency food programs throughout the metro west part of the state, through funds raised by the 44th annual Walk for Hunger. The grants will support programs such as food pantries, schools, farms, food banks, food salvage programs, and other community organizations providing hunger relief. Over 43,000 supporters walked to raise money to help the hungry.
In the MetroWest area, 22 different agencies will benefit from these grants. Emergency food programs are a vital resource for people who struggle with hunger, something an estimated 750,000 people in Massachusetts experience. Last year, the 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 important to remember those who are still struggling to put food on the table for their families. We owe them as great a measure of relief as we can possibly provide.”
Statewide, Project Bread is funding over 430 food programs in 125 communities with donations from The Walk for Hunger. Below is a partial list of the 22 grant recipients in the area. For a complete listing, visit www.projectbread.org/fundedagencies .
• Open Table, Inc. (Concord)
• A Place To Turn (Natick)
• Ashland Youth and Family Services (Ashland)
• Newton Food Pantry (Newton)
• Open Table (Concord)
• Salvation Army (Framingham)
• United Way of Tri-County (Marlborough)
Peter Hilton, president of the Open Table pantry in Concord, explains how the grant from Project Bread helps his pantry: “Open Table depends on Project Bread and others for the support we need to provide healthy food to our guests at our Concord and Maynard locations. Our guest population has continually grown over the last several years, and it can be challenging to keep up with this demand,” Hilton continued, “We couldn't do this without the help of Project Bread. We are very thankful for the work that Project Bread does to assist those in need.”
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, 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 .