Strategic Funding Partners

Collaborative Partners

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Senior Nutrition Outreach

BOL operates the Senior Nutrition Outreach in collaboration with Mystic Valley Elder Services. We deliver groceries once per month to 640 vulnerable, low-income senior citizens living in 13 subsidized housing developments in Malden, Everett, Medford and Melrose.

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At-Risk Youth Outreach

BOL partners with the Malden Teen Enrichment Center to provide 40 meals per week, as well as enough snacks, fruit and beverages for 80 at-risk youth per week. We are also partnering with MTEC by providing cooking and eating supplies and equipment for a weekly cooking workshop for approximately 8 teens at a time called “Cook Eat Learn."

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Tri-City Hunger Network

BOL convenes the Tri-City Hunger Network every 2nd Tuesday of the month to bring together organizations and agencies fighting food insecurity in Malden, Medford and Everett. Participants include representatives of the Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread, ABCD, Cambridge Health Alliance, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, Tufts Health Plan, WIC, Mass Senior Action Council, YWCA Malden, YMCA Malden and local food pantries.

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GBFB Agency Advisory Council

Tom Feagley represents BOL on the Greater Boston Food Bank's Agency Advisory Council. This group of GBFB Member Agencies meets quarterly to exchange information on food bank and agency operations and initiatives.

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Day Services volunteer site for disabled adults

BOL provides a Day Services volunteer site in our food pantry once a week for about half a dozen disabled adults who participate in the TILL Day Services program out of Chelsea, MA.

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Malden Public Schools 6-8 Afterschool Program

BOL provides afterschool enrichment for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 from the Beebe, Forestdale, Linden, and Salemwood Schools every Tuesday for an hour. The students, supervised for the past 11 (!) years at the BOL pantry by volunteers Liz Emerald and Chuck Swim, participate by making sandwiches, salad, fruit salad, smoothies, etc. to be distributed at the evening meal. Afterschool club selections change every 12-14 weeks, meaning that each school rotates its afterschool students through our program.

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Malden High School Transition Program training site

We provide a site every Thursday afternoon where a group of about 8 Transition Program students, supervised by their instructor and our staff, can practice job skills volunteering in our food pantry and office.

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Food Donation Partners

BOL is a beneficiary of prepared food and produce from a number of organizations:

Community Cooks

Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Everett Community Growers - Northern Strand Community Farm

Boston Area Gleaners

Trader Joe's, Somerville

BJs, Medford

Wegman's, Medford

US Postal Services Letter Carriers' Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

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GBFB Strategic Partner

Bread of Life in 2018 was once again classed as a Strategic Partner, rated in the highest 10% of the nearly 300 member agencies of the GBFB. This distinction is based mainly on the amount of food we distributed (over 680,000 pounds just from GBFB), % of fresh produce (48%), number of people served monthly (nearly 4,000), and cooler/freezer capacity.

Partner Organizations - Supplying Food & Volunteers for the Evening Meals & Food Pantry:

Everett

  • American Muslim Center

  • Bank of New York Mellon

  • City of Everett, Mayor’s Office of Human Services, Office of Community Development

Malden

  • Cambridge Health Alliance Malden Family Medicine Center

  • City of Malden, Malden Redevelopment Authority

  • Congregation Agudas Achim Ezrath Israel

  • First Baptist Church

  • First Church in Malden, Congregational

  • First Lutheran Church

  • First Parish in Malden, Universalist

  • Forestdale Community Church

  • Good Shepherd United Methodist Church

  • Knights of Columbus – Immaculate Conception Council #13966

  • Malden Catholic High School

  • Malden Lions Club

  • Malden Public Schools 6-8 Afterschool Program

  • Malden Teen Enrichment Center

  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council Metro North Chapter

  • Mystic Valley Elder Services

  • Outreach Community & Reform Center

  • Sacred Hearts Parish

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph’s Parish

  • Salvation Army Mystic Valley Corps

Medford

  • City of Medford Office of Community Development

  • St. Francis of Assisi Church

Melrose

  • First Baptist Church

  • First Congregational Church

  • First United Methodist Church

  • Green Street Baptist Church

  • McNeilly Family & Friends

  • Melrose Highlands Congregational Church

  • Melrose Rotary Club

  • Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church

Peabody

  • Temple Tiferet Shalom

Reading

  • Church of the Good Shepherd

Wakefield

  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Motel & Malden Teen Enrichment Center Food Outreach Partners

  • Anthony’s Caterers, Malden

  • Bobby C’s Restaurant, Melrose

  • Cheverus School, Malden

  • Community Cooks, Somerville

  • Hanley Kitchen

  • Leon Donnelly Kitchen