Project Bread, a statewide anti-hunger organization, has awarded $226,650 in grants to emergency food programs in the Northeastern part of the Bay State for 2012-13, just weeks before the holiday season.
The funds, which were acquired through the organization's 44th annual Walk for Hunger - the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, will support food pantries, schools, farms, food banks, food salvage programs, and other community organizations providing hunger relief. Over 43,000 supporters walked to raise money to help the hungry.
Among the communities on the North Shore to receive aid are Salem and Beverly. The organization awarded grants to Catholic Charities North, Joseph's Storehouse, Salem Mission DBA Lifebridge, Salem Pantry, and the Salvation Army in Salem, and Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, First Baptist Church, and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Beverly.
Haven from Hunger in Peabody also received a grant.
"As we begin to think about the holidays, it's essential to remember those who are struggling to put food on the table for their families," Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread, said in a statement. "We owe them as great a measure of relief as possible to get through these difficult times."
In all, over 30 agencies in the area, and over 430 in 125 communities statewide, will benefit from the grant money raised by the Walk for Hunger. Last year, emergency food programs funded by Project Bread across the state reported serving 61 million meals to those in need.
"The number of people who have come to Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen and community pantry has increased by twenty percent in the last six or eight months," Robert Lanzoni, executive director of Bread and Roses Soup Kitchen in Lawrence, another grant recipient, said in a statement. "The funds given by Project Bread will be used to provide more food for more people."
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