March 26, 2019
 
Partnership; Leader Honored; Training for Better Results; Grants

February 12, 2019 — Project Bread partners with Food For All to increase access to food... Brookview House president honored for nonprofit management... Horizons for Homeless Children joins network to improve outcomes...Greater Worcester Community Foundation invites nonprofits to apply for grants.

Project Bread Partners with Food For All to Increase Access to Food

Project Bread, a Boston nonprofit that is the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, recently announced it has formed a partnership with Food For All, a private tech startup that created an app for smartphones, to increase accessibility to quality food across Greater Boston.

The free Food For All app connects users with nearby restaurants, cafes, and delis to purchase surplus meals at significantly reduced prices.

“We know there is so much untapped potential for technology to contribute to social services ”“ particularly around increasing access to affordable food,” says Erin McAleer, president of Project Bread. “Partnering with Food For All not only introduces a new resource for people on a limited food budget, it also connects our organization with the restaurant industry, where we know there is food going to waste. To really move the needle, we need more cross sector engagement and innovative problem solving like this.”

Users download the app and reserve food offered at a 50% discount or more from nearby restaurants and then pick it up as a designated time, usually the hour before closing time, showing their digital receipt for proof of purchase. To launch the partnership with Project Bread, Food for All is offering a free meal through the app to Project Bread’s clients with a promo code.

Sabine Valenga, co-founder of Food For All, said, “Restaurants can repurpose excess meals and give back to the community while avoiding costs associated with the disposal of the same food if it were to go to waste. The partnership with Project Bread ensures the benefit of our model also reaches those in our communities who need it most.”

According to Project Bread, one in 10 households in Massachusetts struggles with not enough food to eat.

Brookview House President Honored for Nonprofit Management

Brookview House, Dorchester nonprofit provides services to homeless women and children services in Boston, last week announced that Deborah Hughes, its president and CEO, was honored by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce with a Pinnacle Award for outstanding achievement in nonprofit management.

Under Hughes' leadership, Brookview House has tackled family homelessness via a successful, two-generation model for using housing as a platform to help mothers lift their children out of homelessness. As a result, 92% of mothers who have lived at Brookview maintain permanent housing after leaving, and 88% of Brookview’s youth program participants graduate high school, compared to just 25% nationwide.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Massachusetts had the second largest increase of homeless people in families with children from 2007 to 2018 of any state in the country with an increase of 94%.

Leading Brookview since 1991, Hughes is co-founder of the Jane Doe Safety Fund, a statewide advocacy organization for domestic violence programs in Massachusetts.

Horizons for Homeless Children Joins Network to Improve Outcomes for Children, Parents

Horizons for Homeless Children, a Boston-based nonprofit combatting the trauma and stress of homelessness on children and their families, recently announced plans to become part of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center’s Site Network, a national and international learning community of organizations and systems of care actively in their family engagement strategies.

Based at Boston Children’s Hospital, the evidence-based approach and training program is designed to assist family-facing professionals in using a strengths-based mindset to engage families more effectively, and to partner with them during the critical and challenging periods of child and family development. Teachers and all staff at Horizons will be trained about touchpoints, the moments in a child’s development marked by progress and regression.

Kate Barrand, CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children, said the training is "helping us as an organization be more thoughtful about how we approach each other and our work."

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Invites Nonprofits to Apply for Grants

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, last week announced it is accepting applications from nonprofits for projects that increase access to healthcare or health promotion services that address the social determinants of health.

The foundation anticipates awarding up to $200,000 in grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for projects that create outreach services to vulnerable populations; remove barriers that prevent people from accessing and receiving services; insure quality access to needed services, and result in sustainable coordinated care; or promote public education around disease prevention and health promotion.

Deadline to apply: March 29. Details: Email Jonathan Cohen at jcohen@greaterworcester.org or call 508-755-0980.

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