Reflections from the Director. Bread of Life's Under One Roof Capital Campaign is Moving Forward to a Brighter Future, thanks to our tremendous supporters. We are in the final stretch of our campaign to begin construction for our new facility, bringing all programs “under one roof” and allowing Bread of Life to serve more people more efficiently. I'm very excited to announce that we were just awarded a grant by the MA Food Security Infrastructure program which brings our fundraising total to $3.3 million, completing the first phase of our campaign and allowing us to start construction this Spring! There is still much to do as we enter the second phase of our campaign. We look forward to meeting the challenges of decreasing our $1 million loan and securing all the equipment for our state of the art kitchen with the continued support of so many of you who, like us, believe in our motto: Food for the Body...Nurture for the Soul. And that is exactly what we've been doing this past year, providing food and nurture. Our staff and hundreds of volunteers have gone to the wall during this pandemic, taking on greatly increased work and risks to serve thousands of struggling families in 13 communities. By the end of 2020 Bread of Life was providing food for double the number of households and triple the number of individuals compared to the start of the year. We responded to many other needs as well, providing masks, sanitizing products, diapers, toiletries, supermarket gift cards, new and used clothing, winter gloves, hats and scarves.
As we observe Black History Month in February, I'm reminded of the charge we have to help bring about a more equitable society by creating conditions that allow all to participate, prosper and reach their full potential. It has been said that "equality is leaving the door open for anyone who has the means to approach it; equity is ensuring that there is a pathway to that door for those who need it." Bread of Life is working to listen and respond to the diverse members of our community to help create pathways to food for those in need. We deliver food to homeless individuals and families, senior citizens and COVID-isolating families unable to leave their homes. Our Food Access Project interprets for pantry applicants and translates and distributes our outreach and nutrition materials into simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese. We work to procure foods desired by the diverse communities we serve. We recruit volunteers, board members and staff from those diverse communities. Bread of Life's work toward food equity will and must continue for the benefit of all. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
Thank you and God bless you for being part of this great work.
Gabriella Snyder Stelmack
bread of life malden
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