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October 12, 2013

Project Bread grants $103K to local hunger programs

BOSTON - Project Bread is awarding $1.79 million to 365 community food programs in 110 Massachusetts communities, including 18 programs at non-profit organizations in the Merrimack Valley.

The Merrimack Valley programs will receive grants totaling $103,850.

They are:

Calvary Baptist Church’s Calvary’s Kitchen – Haverhill

Community Action, Inc.’s Drop-in Center and Food Pantry – Haverhill

Emmaus Inc.’s Meal Program – Haverhill

Open Hearts Ministries – Haverhill

Pregnancy Care Center’s Mother/Child Food & Clothing Program – Haverhill

Salvation Army’s Congregate Feeding Program – Haverhill

Bread and Roses, Inc.’s Soup Kitchen and Community Pantry – Lawrence

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Inc.’s Hunger Prevention Program – Lawrence

Groundwork Lawrence, Inc.’s Community Gardens Program – Lawrence

Lazarus House, Inc.’s St. Martha’s Food Pantry – Lawrence

Ministerio Los Milagros de Jesus, Inc./ Food For The World, Inc.’s Feeding the Hunger – Lawrence

Neighbors In Need’s Food Pantries – Lawrence

Neighbors in Need’s Farming for Our Neighbors – Lawrence

The Salvation Army’s Food Pantry – Lawrence

Si, Se Puede, Inc. – Lawrence

Salvation Army – Newburyport

Pepperell Aid From Community to Home – Pepperell

Townsend Ecumenical Outreach – West Townsend

“Hunger is a very real, chronic condition in our state,” says Ellen Parker, Executive Director of Project Bread. “There is no typical hungry person. And we know that it takes more than one solution to solve a problem as complex, and yet as personal, as hunger. Each of the organizations we funded provides a critical role in helping to solve hunger in the community.”

Project Bread runs and supports programs that connect community farms to local food pantries; screen families for hunger within health centers; and make it possible for people in need to pick up food with dignity.

“We will use our Project Bread grants to increase Greater Lawrence residents’ ability to purchase fresh produce, so they may improve their diets, their health, and their futures,” says Heather McMann, Executive Director of Groundwork Lawrence.

In addition to funding community foods programs across the state, Project Bread also funds the FoodSource Hotline—a toll-free hotline that is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger. To learn about food resources in your community, call 1-800-645-8333.

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