June 18, 2019
 
Interfaith Social Services Annual Gala Raises $315K

December 31, 2018 — Interfaith Social Services, a non-religious, nonprofit multi-service center based in Quincy that provides food and clothing to South Shore residents, announced it raised $315,000 at its recently held annual gala.

The amount raised at this year's Feed the Hungry Gala, held Dec. 7 at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, represented a drop from last year's record-setting $385,000, when Interfaith Social Services (ISS) celebrated its seventieth anniversary.

Proceeds from this month's gala provide one-third of the organization's annual operating budget and supports ongoing programs offered by ISS.

Gala sponsors included Arbella Insurance Foundation and Champion Sponsors Granite Telecommunications, JetBlue Vacations, the Rural Masonic Lodge of Quincy, MavroCreative, Quincy Mutual Group, Signet Electronic Systems, and South Shore Living.

Ally Donnelly of NBC10 Boston, a longtime supporter of ISS, emceed the program. Donnelly was recognized for her commitment to serving children in need. A corner of Interfaith’s food pantry, where diapers, baby products and snacks for children are stored, will be dubbed “Ally’s Corner” in her honor.

Attendees at this year’s event sampled dishes from local restaurants Alma Nove, Davio’s, Eat Local, Granite Links Golf Club, JP Fuji Group, Smokey Stax BBQ, The Corner Stop Eatery, The Quarry Restaurant & Lounge, The Range, and The Townshend.

New this year was a Craft Beer Corner, with beer provided by Bent Water Brewing, Mayflower Brewing, Stellwagen Beer Company, and Widowmaker Brewing; other beverages were provided by BinEnds, Bradford Distillery, Samuel Adams, and Simpson Spring.

Founded in 1947, ISS operates one of the largest food pantries in Greater Boston, distributing nearly 500,000 meals each year.

According to ISS, the number of families seeking assistance from ISS has nearly doubled over the last 10 years.

ISS also provides budget counseling and homelessness prevention, operates the New Directions Counseling center, as well as community gardening, free professional attire for job interviews, life skills workshops, and The Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop - operated entirely by volunteers with all sales benefiting Interfaith’s programs.

Specifically, the nonprofit provides a safety net for families that may need food, housing assistance, or mental health counseling. It also provides local children in need with Halloween costumes, holiday gifts, school backpacks and more.

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