Our Mission

Bread of Life is a faith-based ministry serving the communities north of Boston, with a mission to feed the body and to nurture the soul. We strive to feed the hungry, the homeless, the needy and the isolated; to offer spiritual nurture, support and hospitality; to promote greater peace and justice by addressing broader issues of hunger, poverty, and need; and to conduct our work in a spirit of respect and nonviolence.

Bread of Life History and Services

Founded in 1980 and incorporated as a non-profit in 1992, Bread of Life bringstogether over 500 volunteers from our 45 partner organizations and the community at large to offer free food to hungry, homeless, and isolated people. Services include evening meals held four nights a week in Malden, food pantries in Malden and Everett, grocery delivery to senior citizens in public housing in Malden, Everett, Melrose, Medford and Wakefield, and food delivery to homeless families sheltered in local motels.

BOL distributes the equivalent of over 1,050,000 free meals per year. BOL is consistently one of the top purchasers and distributors of food in the Greater Boston Food Bank network of agencies and is classed in the highest tier: Strategic Partner. Only 10% of GBFB food pantry agencies distributed 300,000 pounds or more of food from the GBFB in FY 2015. BOL distributed 661,402 pounds. 


Bread of Life serves as a role model in communities north of Boston...always ready to lend support.
— Catherine D'Amato, CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank

What We Have Achieved

BOL takes pride in its ability to meet the increasing demand for services that have resulted from the economic challenges of the past decade

  • In 2002, BOL recieved the Greater Boston Food Bank's Special Recognition Award.
  • in 2003, BOL was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for "Outstanding and invaluable servive to the community" from U.S.Congressman Edward J. Markey.
  • In 2006, BOL recieved the Greater Boston Food Bank's 25th Anniversary Anthony Spinazzola Foundation Award.
  • In 2015, The Greater Boston Food Bank ranked BOL in the top 10% of their member agencies, a "strategic partner", and honored us as Community Partner of the Year.