Bread of Life operates many programs to assist those in need, providing over 1million free meals a year. Are you interested in joining our ranks? First, you should know a little bit more about the different ways you'll be helping your community:
+ Free Evening Meals
Bread of Life provides free evening meals within a community of sharing and caring. In 2017 we served about 50,000 evening meals, lunches and snacks to local working families, seniors, people with disabilities and homeless individuals each year. Evening meals are currently served from 5:30 - 6:30 pm at:
- Our Food Pantry at 54 Eastern Ave in Malden on Tuesday evenings (boxed meal to-go)
- American Legion at 368 Pleasant Street in Malden on Wednesday and Thursday evenings
- First Baptist Church at the corner of Main & Salem Streets in Malden on Friday evenings
We bring together a broad spectrum of races, ethnicities and nationalities. While meals are open to all, regardless of residence, more than half of those se rved are from Malden. The evening meals provide an ideal time for BOL to link local residents to additional resources, including healthcare and emergency fuel assistance. BOL provides special celebration dinners for Thanksgiving, Christmas/Chanukah and Easter/Passover, which fills the gap left by no holiday Meals on Wheels deliveries to the elderly. BOL's Thanksgiving and Christmas events in 2016, each served about 900 meals, including almost 150 meals delivered to homeless families in motels and 300 meals delivered to shut-in elderly residents. In addition, BOL distributed 400 turkeys to low-income families.
+ Food pantries in Malden & Everett
In 2017, Bread of Life's food pantries in Malden and Everett distributed about 679,000 meal equivalents, in 31,000 pantry visits by 6,200 individual people. These folks include single mothers and their children, low wage earners, homeless individuals, elders and disabled adults on fixed incomes, and recent immigrants. Food distributed at both pantries include:
- nonperishable, refrigerated, or frozen meats
- dairy products
- fresh fruits & vegetables
Malden Food Pantry:
Location: 54 Eastern Avenue, Malden
Hours: on Wednesdays from 4-6 PM, and on Fridays from 2-4 PM
Eligibility: low-income people in Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Saugus, Wakefield, Reading, North Reading and Winchester.
Everett Food Pantry:
Location: Everett City Hall, 484 Broadway, Ground Floor, Everett, MA
Hours: on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 3-5 PM
Eligibility: low-income Everett residents only.
+ Senior Nutrition Outreach
Another critical collaborative project is the Senior Nutrition Outreach run in partnership with Mystic Valley Elder Services (MVES). This program serves vulnerable, low-income seniors living in public housing who are not able to access food pantries due to health issues (such as arthritis, heart disease, stroke and diabetes). Last year, Bread of life provided monthly grocery deliveries to 776 senior citizens in 13 housing developments in Malden, Everett, Melrose and Wakefield and the Medford Senior Center. (about 278,000 meals in 2017).
+ Homeless families motel meals
Since 2008 Bread of Life has responded to the crisis of homeless families sheltered in motels by delivering groceries and cooked meals once a week. In 2017 BOL delivered approximately 50,000 prepared meals and grocery-bagged meals, to about 55 families, 140 indidviduals, at three motels. While these families are eligible for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) supplemental nutrition assistance program, the motels offer little capacity to prepare and cook groceries. They also do not have vehicles and have very limited public transportation along a busy highway. In addition to groceries and meals (many of which are donated by local restaurants, caterers and volunteer groups), BOL provides new and used children’s clothing (mainly coats, hats, gloves), diapers, baby wipes, formula and baby food.
Groups providing meals include:
Additionally, BOL helps families get connected with housing, education and social services.
+ Mobile Homeless Outreach
Homeless individuals are served by BOL through the Mobile Homeless Outreach Team (MHOT) operated by Action for Boston Community Development through their Mystic Valley Opportunity Center in Malden. They provide a team of outreach workers who attend BOL evening meals and help constituents access shelter, housing, employment and medical, mental health, or substance abuse treatment. They have a van which enables them to transport clients to shelters and appointments. BOL supplies blankets, gloves, hats, long underwear, socks, sweaters and coats.
+ Clothing Ministry
This informal service provides free donated used clothing, coats, blankets, shoes and household items at each evening meal.