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May 12, 2021
 
Mass. Nonprofits Get $500K to Fight Increased Food Insecurity
Greater Boston Food Bank

April 11, 2021 — The Greater Boston Food Bank last week announced it granted $500,000 to 39 eastern Massachusetts nonprofits responding to a surge in food insecurity brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which is also reflected in the recent land purchase by the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts in preparation to relocating to a larger site.

“Our agency partners are our greatest resource and remain absolutely critical to our work, especially as we adapt in response to the historic need for food,” said Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), a Boston nonprofit that is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England.

GBFB said the grants were made to organizations in communities that that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with 32 awarded to agencies serving communities of color as designated by American Community Survey.

Receiving the unrestricted grants were:

  • American Red Cross DBA Arc Pantry, Boston
  • Angels Anonymous, Fall River
  • Boys and Girls Club, Brockton
  • Brockton SDA Food Pantry, Brockton
  • Common Ground Café, Haverhill
  • Dedham Food Pantry, Dedham
  • The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, Harwich
  • Family Pantry Damien’s Place, Wareham
  • First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain
  • Food For Free, Cambridge
  • GGWO/Grace Ministries, Everett
  • Good Hope, Lynnfield
  • Greater Boston Nazarene Compassionate Center, Mattapan
  • Holbrook Ecumenical Food Pantry, Holbrook
  • Interfaith Social Services, Quincy
  • JFCS Family Table, Marblehead
  • La Colaborativa, Chelsea
  • Loaves & Fishes Pantry, Devens
  • Mass Military Support Foundation, Falmouth
  • Medfield Food Cupboard, Medfield
  • Mystic Community Market, Medford
  • Nam Vets Assoc. Cape & Islands Food Pantry, Hyannis
  • Neighbors In Need, Lawrence
  • The Open Door/Meals Program, Gloucester
  • Open Table Food Pantry, Maynard
  • Pilgrim Church Food Pantry, Dorchester
  • Rose’s Bounty, West Roxbury
  • Salem Pantry, Salem
  • Salvation Army/Chelsea Pantry, Chelsea
  • Selah Day Resource Center, Chelsea
  • South Boston Community Health Center, South Boston
  • St. Anthony of Padua Food Pantry, New Bedford
  • St. Stephen’s Food Pantry, Lynn
  • SVDP/ Sacred Heart Food Pantry, Middleborough
  • SVDP/Taunton, Taunton
  • United Way of Tri-County/Pearl Street Cupboard, Framingham
  • USCC/Christ the King, Mashpee
  • Walpole Community Food Pantry, Walpole
  • YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to Relocate to Larger Site

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (FBWM), a nonprofit which has been serving people in Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden counties from a 2.5-acre site in Hatfield since 1987, recently bought a 16.5-acre parcel of land in Chicopee with an eye to constructing a new building there.

Andrew Morehouse, FBWM’s executive director, this week told the Greenfield Reporter that the acquisition resulted from a strategic plan developed many years ago.

“We intend to build a state-of-the-art warehouse to meet our commitment to the region’s food assistance for decades to come,” he was quoted.

While the decision to enlarge was made prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic last year, it will help FBWM respond to what could be growing demand even as the pandemic recedes.

During the pandemic, Morehouse said there has been a significant increase in need, with demand for services increasing from FBWM serving 89,000 people per month prior to March 2020 to 119,000 in October, according to the Greenfield Recorder.

A newly released report from Feeding America, Massachusetts has seen food insecurity jump from one in 12 people before COVID-19 to a projected one in 10 in 2021, a 20% increase.

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