Project Bread Awards over $48,000 to Cape and Islands Food Programs
The Walk for Hunger supports hunger relief programs throughout the state
Project Bread, the state’s leading antihunger organization, has awarded $48,500 in grants to emergency food programs throughout the Cape and Islands, through funds raised by the 44th annual Walk for Hunger. The grants will support programs such as 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.
In the Cape and the Islands area, 18 different agencies will benefit from these grants. Emergency food programs are a vital resource for people who struggle with hunger, something an estimated 750,000 people in Massachusetts experience. Last year, the Project Bread–funded emergency food programs across the state reported serving 61 million meals to those in need.
“As we begin to think about the holidays,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread, “it’s important to remember those who are still struggling to put food on the table for their families, which includes families and elders from the Cape and Islands. We owe them as great a measure of relief as we can possibly provide.”
Statewide, Project Bread is funding over 430 food programs in 125 communities with donations from The Walk for Hunger. Below is a partial list of the 18 grant recipients in the area. For a complete listing, visit www.projectbread.org/fundedagencies .
• Falmouth Service Center (Falmouth)
• Martha's Vineyard Center for Living (Martha’s Vineyard)
• Mid Upper Cape Community Health Center (Hyannis)
• Lower Cape Outreach Council (Orleans)
• Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (Provincetown)
• Yarmouth Food Pantry (Yarmouth)
“The money we get from Project Bread goes toward the most fundamental needs of our clients, which is putting food on the table,” explained Lawrence Marsland, executive director of the Lower Cape Outreach Council in Orleans, “we strive to be as creative as we can be within our limits: we started community gardens to empower our clients and also create community so the funds from Project Bread help us in more than one way.”
About Project Bread
As the state’s leading antihunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. Through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year in privately donated funds to support hunger relief through emergency programs, schools, community health centers, farmers’ markets, community suppers, home care organizations, and other programs that protect the individual and strengthen community food security. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org .