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July 5, 2020
Hunger Crisis; Helping Educators; Art Help; Grant Applications
May 26, 2020 — Project Bread, Greater Boston Food bank warn of growing hunger crisis... Massachusetts Partnerships For Youth executes pandemic pivot to help educators... Two nonprofits partner to distribute art supplies to students... Worcester Together Fund invites applications from nonprofits.

Project Bread, Greater Boston Food Bank Warn of Growing Hunger Crisis

Two Bay State nonprofits, Project Bread, based in East Boston-based nonprofit, the only statewide anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), based in Boston which collects and distributes food through 550 agencies in eastern Massachusetts, last week warned of growing food insecurity growing from the coronavirus crisis and urged the state to take action to mitigate that prospect.

Project Bread, noting that food insecurity, which affect one in 11 Massachusetts households before the pandemic, said "the problem is growing exponentially. In March alone, approximately 38% of Massachusetts residents report experiencing food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic."

GBFB said one in eight people (658,920) in Eastern Massachusetts is expected to experience food insecurity in 2020 as a result of the impact of COVID-19.

GBFB said it recently experienced the two largest distribution months in its 40-year history: 8.1 million pounds of food in March and 9.5 million pounds in April. Its highest average monthly distribution prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was 5.7 million pounds in 2019.

Included among actions that Project Bread urged at the state level are additional cash payments through Transition Aid for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) and Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children (EAEDC), particularly for families in deep poverty, and a moratorium on evictions, foreclosures, and termination of public benefits such as SNAP, MassHealth, disability benefits and access to shelter.

Massachusetts Partnerships For Youth Executes Pandemic Pivot to Help Educators

Massachusetts Partnerships For Youth (MPY), a Wakefield-based nonprofit that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students, which usually provides in-person services has pivoted in response to the coronavirus pandemic to support tens of thousands of teachers through free webinars and training.

"MPY pivoted very quickly to meet the changing dynamics of educators," said MPY Executive Director Margie Daniels, quoted in The Salem News. "The school staff, the students and the families have been going through a lot of the same things. The world changed very quickly. We weren't prepared for it."

Funded by a $300,000 earmark by the state legislature, MPY is providing content at no charge.

"When the Massachusetts legislature gave us the money, they didn't know they were giving it to us to do webinar training during COVID-19," Daniels was quoted. "It's just one of those things: We had the money at the right time."

Two Nonprofits Partner to Distribute Art Supplies to Students

Two Boston-based nonprofits— Open Door Arts and EdVestors—last week announced they teamed with the Boston Public Schools (BPS) to provide access to art supplies to thousands of city students.

The effort will give many of Boston’s families and students in need access to necessary supplies and tools to be creative, which are otherwise unavailable to them during school closures.

Open Door Arts, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, and EdVestors, which uses philanthropy, education expertise, and implementation support to help foster school change, secured financial support from the Wellington Management Foundation, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, and EdVestors, to obtain 4,400 art supply kits from Crayola.

“Crayola was an extraordinary partner in making the purchase and delivery of 4,400 kits possible during this unprecedented time,” said Marinell Rousmaniere, president & CEO of EdVestors. "For the last 10 years, through our BPS Arts Expansion initiative, EdVestors has been dedicated to bringing arts back into BPS in collaboration with classroom arts teachers, school leaders, teaching artists from our nonprofit partners, families, higher education and cultural partners, and funders. Now, in this time of great challenge, we are leveraging these networks to bring arts into the homes of children with the least access.”

Worcester Together Fund Invites Applications from Nonprofits

The Worcester Together fund, a COVID-19 relief fund established by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) and the United Way of Central Massachusetts, in collaboration with the City of Worcester, recently announced it is accepting applications for “Phase Two Recovery Grants,” aimed at bolsters nonprofits that have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis but are planning for the future.

The grants will provide three-to-six months of unrestricted general operating support to nonprofit organizations based in Worcester County that are "actively delivering support and/or programming. Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $100,000

Deadline to apply: June 8. Details.
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