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September 20, 2020
 
Four Boston Nonprofits Get Up to $2.5M to Help Feed the Poor

August 28, 2020 — Four Boston-based nonprofits are receiving up to $2.5 million in grant funding from the City of Boston to help address short- and long-term nutritional needs for low-income families in Boston's public housing communities.

The funding will finance logistical and staffing costs to provide up to 230,000 meals to 4,100 extremely low-income households through at least December, the city announced yesterday.

"Every resident in Boston needs access to food, and this is an opportunity to make sure that our most vulnerable communities continue to get it," Martin J. Walsh said. "This new investment will be a life-changer for countless Boston residents, and we look forward to forging new partnerships to make this happen."

The city said up to $1.689 million will be awarded through a partnership between City Fresh Foods; Commonwealth Kitchen, a woman-led nonprofit business incubator; Haley House, a nonprofit social enterprise employing individuals facing barriers to traditional employment; and the nonprofit YMCA of Greater Boston.

Up to $732,000 will provide for direct, door-to-door delivery to seniors facing food insecurity by Boston nonprofit Ethos, funded in part by a $500,000 grant from the Boston Resiliency Fund.

This grant will help Ethos serve approximately 850 food insecure adults between the ages of 55 and 60 with underlying health concerns and/or weakened immune systems, who are caregivers for elders or other individuals with disabilities, without reliable and safe transportation, or those whose living situations do not allow for adequate food preparation.

"Older adults are some of the city's most vulnerable citizens and the COVID-19 public health emergency has created unprecedented challenges and disruptions in their lives," said Valerie Frias, CEO of Ethos.

"The grant awards from the BHA and Boston Resiliency Fund will enable Ethos to meet their critical nutrition needs in the city's public housing communities and beyond. This is yet another example of the commitment that The City of Boston and Mayor Walsh have made to the health and safety of those experiencing food insecurity throughout this crisis."

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