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January 20, 2022
 
Interfaith Social Services Gala Raises $420K, Setting a Record
Interfaith Social Services

December 19, 2021 — Interfaith Social Services, a non-religious, nonprofit multi-service center based in Quincy that provides food and clothing to South Shore residents, last week announced it raised $420,000 at its recent annual gala, far surpassing its goal to set a record.

Interfaith Social Services said its Feed the Hungry gala, a hybrid event held Dec. 3, aimed to raise $275,000, less than in prior years due to restricting in-person attendance to half the usual number.

This year, 220 people participated at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, while another 35 joined virtually. Last year, the entirely virtual event attracted 275 supporters and raised $380,000.

The amount raised this year, equal to approximately one-third of the organization’s annual budget, will support emergency food, mental health counseling and homelessness prevention programs.

Funds were raised through sponsorships, online donations, silent auction, games at event, and a Fund the Need (paddle raise) event.

Keys sponsors included Arbella Insurance Foundation, Mayor Tom Koch and the City of Quincy, Foxcroft Real Estate Management, Granite City Electric Supply Company, MavroCreative, Plymouth Quarries, Quincy Mutual Group, Rural Masonic Lodge of Quincy, Signet Electronic Systems, Inc., and Walmart.

Virtual guests watched a pre-recorded slideshow that included music videos, and could also watch the live program. Virtual attendees could also take part in a live chat and the Fund the Need portion of the program.

Interfaith operates one of the largest emergency food programs in Greater Boston as well as a mental health counseling center, homelessness prevention program, and seasonal initiatives for children and families in need.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Interfaith said, its food pantry has been registering new clients at four times the pre-pandemic rate, boosting purchases of food, diapers, and personal care products higher than ever before in the pantry’s history.

Interfaith said its Our New Directions Counseling Center has experienced a record increase in people reaching out for therapy to cope with severe anxiety and emotional trauma brought on by the crisis. In addition, its homelessness prevention program has been providing advocacy and financial assistance for hundreds of our people who have lost jobs.

Founded in 1947, Interfaith today operates one of the largest emergency food programs in Greater Boston, distributing 940,000 pounds of food to 21,000 South Shore residents. Interfaith also provides counseling and related services, as well as free professional attire to low-income job seekers.

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