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May 18, 2022
Project Bread and 29 Other Mass. Nonprofits Raise $1.1M
Project Bread

May 5, 2022 — Project Bread, a Boston-based nonprofit that is the only statewide anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, this week announced that it and 29 other Massachusetts nonprofits raised $1,180,500 via Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger, held virtually for the third consecutive year.

The event, held last Sunday, which raised $1 million for Project Bread, similar to last year, drew 1,600 participants, slightly more than last year’s 1,500 participants. Funds raised will support the organization’s ongoing work feeding families and advocating at the state and federal levels for expedited and efficient hunger relief.

Walk funds, which will continue to be raised through June 30, also support community organizations helping people access food locally and ensuring communities have the resources necessary to respond to the hunger crisis now and over the long road to recovery ahead.

“Food insecurity didn’t start with the pandemic, and it won’t end with it. But as effects of the pandemic begin to wane, we are also seeing the end of so many of the measures put in place that have helped provide hunger relief,” said Erin McAleer, CEO of Project Bread.

She said one in six households in Massachusetts struggle to afford food. According to Project Bread, food insecurity in Massachusetts doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, which, at its peak, rendered 19.6% of households across the state food insecure. As of March, that numbered declined to 16.4%.

The following 29 Massachusetts nonprofits raised $180,500 as of Tuesday to support their ongoing work.

  • Boston Area Gleaners, Waltham: $1,397
  • Bread & Roses, Lawrence: $1,614
  • Building Audacity, Lynn: $128
  • Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston: $1,384
  • Church of the Advent, Boston: $8,727
  • Church of the Covenant, Boston: $36,523
  • Community Servings, Jamaica Plain: $10,476
  • Dominican Development Center, Boston: $960
  • El Buen Samaritano Food Program, Worcester: $395
  • First Congregational Church of Revere, Revere: $1,071
  • Food For Free, Cambridge: $7,996
  • Harvard Square Churches Meal Program, Cambridge: $3,345
  • Healthy Students-Healthy Saugus, Saugus: $2,132
  • JF&CS Family Table, Waltham: $12,070
  • Mass Farmers Markets, Waltham: $1,657
  • Newton Food Pantry, Newton: $4,054
  • Nourishing the North Shore, Newburyport: $8,761
  • People Helping People, Burlington: $5,214
  • Prospect Hill Academy Charter School Foundation, Cambridge: $3,164
  • Quincy Community Action Programs, Quincy: $690
  • The Paulist Center, Boston: $38,727
  • Rose's Bounty, West Roxbury: $24,249
  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, Somerville: $3,207
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Church Food Pantry, Dorchester: $100
  • St. Stephen's Memorial Episcopal Church, Lynn: $1,526
  • The Sudbury Community Food Pantry, Sudbury: $4,103
  • Waltham Fields Community Farm, Waltham: $6,109
  • Watertown Council on Aging, Watertown: $4,137
  • YMCA Southcoast, New Bedford: $19,479

Historically, the Walk for Hunger, the nation’s oldest continual pledge walk—first held in 1969—takes place the first Sunday of May on the Boston Common.

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