Exelon Generation donates $5K to Bread of Life

Exelon Generation employees volunteered twice during the month of April at the Bread of Life Everett Food Pantry to help Everett families in need of food assistance.

Employees volunteered to help offload tons of food from the Bread of Life truck and to make up grocery orders. In addition, Exelon Generation, the owners of the Mystic power plant in Everett, presented a check for $5,000 to Bread of Life to help provide groceries and prepared meals for struggling residents of Everett and nine surrounding communities. This gift will provide the equivalent of about 10,000 meals to area residents because of Bread of Life’s ability to leverage a tremendous amount of food donations and volunteer labor.

“Strengthening the communities in which we operate is very important to us,” said Archie Gleason, Northeast Region general manager of Exelon Generation. “Exelon Generation is pleased to support the important mission of Bread of Life, they help nourish those most in-need with their food pantries in Everett and neighboring communities.”

In 2019, Bread of Life celebrates 27 years as an incorporated nonprofit helping neighbors in need. From its beginnings as a church potluck supper in 1980, Bread of Life now provides over 1 million meals per year to neighbors who are low-income, unemployed, homeless, senior citizens and disabled.

“We greatly appreciate Exelon Generation’s support, both for their generous donation and their strong volunteers,” said Gabriella Snyder Stelmack, deputy director. “Most of our funding comes from the generosity of individuals, businesses, organizations, faith communities and foundations, along with the proceeds of our annual Golf Tournament and Walk for Bread and 5K Run.”

As a faith-based nonprofit organization located in Malden, Bread of Life brings together over 500 volunteers from its 45 partner organizations to provide meals four nights per week in Malden; food pantries serving residents of Malden, Everett, Medford, Melrose, Saugus, Stoneham, Reading, North Reading, Wakefield and Winchester; grocery delivery to senior citizens in public housing in Malden, Everett, Melrose and Medford; and food delivery to homeless families sheltered in local motels.

Bread of Life awarded $400,000 over 10 years from Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grants, May 16, 2019

Bread of Life, a community based nonprofit food distribution organization serving Malden and several surrounding communities, was recently awarded a $400,000 sustaining grant from the Cummings Foundation.

Bread of Life is one of 50 organizations selected to share $15 million in grants over the next 10 years.

The grant was awarded to Bread of Life to continue to increase access to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food for diverse and marginalized low-income families and empower populations being served who can then participate in the operation and decision-making process of the food pantry.

Executive Director Gabriella Snyder Stelmack and Development Director Patty Kelly represented Bread of Life at a May 2 Awards Night at Trade Center in Woburn.

“The Cummings Foundation, Bill Cummings and the many volunteers, are extraordinary,” said Stelmack. “They not only fund specific projects, but make a serious long-term investment in us, building our capacity and helping ensure that our communities continue to prosper as a result.”

Sustaining grant organizations were selected by a volunteer committee, including Committee Chair Paul Lohnes.

“The organization is a magical combination of a veteran executive director, a fully committed board, hundreds of dedicated volunteers and resilient and grateful clients,” said Lohnes. “Bread of Life feeds bodies and souls.”

BOL again ranked in top 10% of Gr. Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank released its 2018 Tiering score report and Bread of Life once again falls into the tiering category of the highest 10% of scores: Strategic Partner.

Each GBFB member agency is compared with the 295 other GBFB partner organizations operating food pantries within the categories listed in the report. With a total of 157 possible points, Strategic Partners earned a score of 123 or higher, Community Partners scored between 105 and 122, and Distribution Partners earned a score of up to 104. The average score was 66. Bread of Life's score was 135 based on the information GBFB collected in fiscal year 2017 (10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017). 

All organizations operating food pantries that are member agencies of GBFB and have been receiving food from GBFB for at least 10 months are evaluated within the below categories and scored based on how they compare to their peers within those categories. This year, the tiering structure remains largely unchanged and so scores from this year can be reasonably compared to last year to determine your organization’s movement within the network. 

Organizations that receive the highest 10% of scores are classified as “Strategic Partners”; those that received the next highest 10% of scores are classified as “Community Partners” and the remaining 80% of organizations are classified as “Distribution Partners”. Each organization, regardless of tier, plays a vital role in relieving hunger in Eastern MA and the GBFB values each partnership. 

Below is how BOL ranked in the different categories:

  • Pounds Distributed From GBFB: 683,506, 10th percentile
  • Year on Year Increase (GBFB Pounds): 70th percentile
  • Fresh Produce Pounds Distributed: 326,401, 10th percentile
  • Percent Fresh Produce: 48%, 10th percentile
  • Average Clients Served Monthly: 3,995, 10th percentile
  • Cooler Storage: Very Large, 10th percentile
  • Freezer Storage: Extra Large, 10th percentile
  • Dry Storage: Large, 40th  percentile
  • Serves clients from outside of city/town? Yes, 70th percentile
  • Distributes outside of regular busines hours? Yes, 50th percentile
  • Monthly client access frequency: Once, 90th percentile
  • Level of Client Choice: Moderate, 70th  percentile