Bread of Life, a community based non-profit food distribution organization serving Malden and several surrounding communities, has been awarded a $400K Sustaining Grant from the Cummings Foundation. Bread of Life is one of 50 organizations selected to share $15 million in grants over the next ten years.
The Sustaining Grant was awarded to Bread of Life to continue to increase access to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food for diverse and marginalized low-income families, and empower populations being served who can then participate in the operation and decision-making process of the food pantry.
Executive Director Gabriella Snyder Stelmack and Development Director Patty Kelly represented Bread of Life at a May 2nd Awards Night at Trade Center in Woburn.
“The Cummings Foundation, Bill Cummings and the many volunteers, are extraordinary,” said Gabriella Snyder Stelmack, Bread of Life Executive Director, “They not only fund specific projects, but make a serious long-term investment in us, building our capacity and helping ensure that our communities continue to prosper as a result.”
Sustaining Grant organizations were selected by a volunteer committee, including Committee Chair Paul Lohnes who stated, “The organization is a magical combination of a veteran executive director, a fully committed board, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and resilient and grateful clients. Bread of Life feeds bodies and souls.”
About Bread of Life: Bread of Life brings together over 500 volunteers from its 45 partner organizations to provide community meals four nights per week in Malden; food pantries serving residents of Malden, Everett, Medford, Melrose, Saugus, Stoneham, Reading, North Reading, Wakefield and Winchester; grocery delivery to senior citizens in public housing in Malden, Everett, Melrose and Medford; and food delivery to at-risk teens and homeless families sheltered in local motels. Each year, Bread of Life provides the equivalent of 1 million meals, 1.5 million pounds of food to hungry, homeless and isolated individuals and families. www.breadoflifemalden.org
About Cummings Foundation: Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it recently joined Barr Foundation and The Boston Foundation as one of the three largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org