Reflections from our Director
We've once again made the full circuit around the sun. It's a new year, a natural time to think of making a fresh start. Maybe you feel energized to improve or accomplish something you neglected during the last circuit, for work, relationships or health. Or maybe you feel a bit weary, like you've seen it all before. I guess I feel a little bit of both. Looking ahead can be daunting. But I remember this wisdom from from the clergyman Thomas S. Monson: "Do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to your tasks." I remind myself that my journey is not limited by my own vision, knowledge, skill or strength. The apostle Paul wrote that God "by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of - infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes." (Ephesians 3:20, Living Bible translation). I'm not alone. We're not alone. Together, now that the holidays are over, we begin again the work of Christmas: "To welcome the refugee, to heal a broken planet, to feed the hungry, to build bridges of trust, not walls of fear, to share our gifts, to seek justice and peace for all people, to bring Christ's light to the world." - by Michael Dougherty, a variation on Howard Thurman's 'When the Song of the Angels is Stilled.'
I am so thankful for all of you who help do this work at Bread of Life. Thank you for your financial gifts, volunteering, and food and clothing donations. We gain strength and we grasp the vision as we walk through the year together.
God bless you,
Gabriella Snyder Stelmack
Under One Roof Update
During January, our contractor continues work on the foundation at 54 Eastern Ave, Malden. When our facility is completed, estimated to be January 2024, we will have two floors of space for Bread of Life programs and administration, giving us increased capacity to receive and store food donations, increased scheduling latitude for food distribution, and increased ability to utilize volunteers. Our housing partner, Metro North Housing Corp, will own and operate 14 permanent, rent-subsidized studio apartments on the third floor for local homeless individuals and veterans who will be able to access Bread of Life programs within the facility.
Making a Difference
We received a card from a retired couple living in Wakefield, thanking us for delivering a holiday meal to them: "Thank you.....We both have been in the hospital and had no food...The gentleman who delivered our meal brought us hope. God bless everyone!"
One of our many food pantry volunteers posted this review a few days ago at greatnonprofits.org:
"As a volunteer for Bread of Life, I have seen the impact first hand on how this organization treats the community. Everyone is so selfless, and willing to give a helping hand to the citizens. Produce is always fresh, and there's lots to give out. Getting involved in this organization is hassle-free, communication is easy, and the work is fun. It doesn't even feel like I'm working when I'm there! That's how easy and fun it is. I would recommend for anyone who is looking for a volunteer position in this area. I see new volunteers come in very often."
We are launching a Bread of Life e-news sponsorship opportunity in 2023!
For $200 sponsorship per month, starting with our February e-news letter, we will feature your business with a short paragraph about your partnership and support of Bread of Life, along with your logo and a link to your website. We will feature a new business each month. Please contact Patty Kelly Patty.Kelly@breadoflifemalden.org and become a Bread of Life e-news sponsor!
Malden Food Pantry, 109 Madison St., Malden
Wednesdays 12-6:30pm; and Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 12-5pm
Come for the whole time or just a few hours. No need to contact us beforehand. Just drop in when you can. Help load/unload food from vehicles, stock shelves/refrigerators/freezers, sort food, organize/clean, pack groceries, help with food distribution, work with the public, do data entry, and more.
Grocery Delivery Program, 109 Madison St., Malden
Wednesdays and Thursdays any time from 10am-5pm
Help deliver boxed groceries to homebound individuals in your vehicle. Serving Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Lynn, North Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winchester, Winthrop, Woburn.
Everett Mobile Market
Come for the whole time or just a few hours. No need to contact us beforehand. Just drop in when you can.
Preparation: Thursdays 8:30-11:30am, 109 Madison St., Malden
Help pack groceries and load food onto truck.
Distribution: Thursdays 3:00-5pm, Lafayette School Parking Lot, 117 Edith St., Everett
Help unload and distribute groceries from truck; register/check people in.
Everett Backpack Nutrition Program, 109 Madison St., Malden
Preparation: Fridays any time from 12-4 pm
Help pack backpacks with breakfast, lunch, supper and snack items for students in need.
Distribution: Mondays 11am-1pm
Help make deliveries to schools.
Food Access Project, 109 Madison St., Malden
Help implement activities and translation to improve food access.
Contact: Eileen Mullen, Volunteer Coordinator: Eileen.Mullen@BreadofLifeMalden.org or
781-397-0404 (main office)