September is Hunger Action Month, when the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks unite to urge businesses and individuals to take action in their communities to fight food insecurity and end hunger. On September 11th Mayor Gary Christenson presented a Proclamation on behalf of the City of Malden commending Bread of Life and recognizing the month of September as “Hunger Action Month.”
Bread of Life (BOL), a faith-based, volunteer-driven organization, is the largest provider of free food serving residents of Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Saugus, Reading, North Reading, Wakefield and Winchester. BOL is in the top 10% of food distributers among the member agencies of The Greater Boston Food Bank, distributing over one million free meals per year. BOL mobilizes 500 volunteers from its 45 partner organizations and the community at large to provide these meals through its Everett and Malden food pantries, evening meals, grocery delivery to senior citizen in four cities, and food delivery to homeless families and at-risk youth.
“We are grateful for this recognition and want to thank Mayor Christenson, the City Council and the Malden Redevelopment Authority for their support of Bread of Life’s food programs for over 30 years,” said Gabriella Snyder Stelmack, Deputy Director of BOL. “We appreciate your compassion for neighbors, from children to senior citizens, who face hunger due to the high costs of food, housing and medical care while living on low-wage jobs; or are on Social Security, disability or unemployment income. As we move closer to our vision of hunger-free communities, we are honored to have the City of Malden helping lead the way.”
Although Bread of Life is the largest provider of free food in the 10 communities it serves, there are several other organizations that also help provide food security for Malden residents, including the Mobile Food Market, Salvation Army, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Freedom Hill Community Church, Haitian Nazarene Church, Imani Temple and Philadelphie SDA Church.
During this Hunger Action Month Bread of Life is asking all of Malden to learn more about the problem of hunger while working to create a whole and healthy community. BOL is hosting its 26th Annual Walk for Bread & 5K Run on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 12-3 PM at Pine Banks Park, Malden & Melrose. For more information, call 781-397-0404, or visit www.breadoflifemalden.org/events/.
“There are too many senior citizens and children going to bed hungry, and too many worried parents, uncertain of where they will get the money to pay for rent and groceries,” said Stelmack. “Our Malden pantry serves about 852 households, made up of 391 individuals, per month – ending hunger for these families. Your participation in the Walk/Run will be used to help put nutritious food on the tables of our neighbors in need.”
Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson
Photo by City of Malden