Assistant Speaker Clark Promotes Summer Eats in Malden

Project Bread

Feeding Kids

Continuing our tour through the "Summer of Yum," Project Bread brought Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Katherine Clark, state legislators, DESE, and USDA together to promote Summer Eats in Malden.

5 adults posing and smiling
Project Bread CEO Erin McAleer with Representative Steven Ultrino, Representative Paul Donato, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark, and Representative Lipper-Garabedian

On Monday, our team beat out the stormy weather for a late morning visit to MacDonald Stadium where the Malden Public Schools Food Truck made the first stop of its daily rounds. The Malden Food Truck makes four stops, Monday through Friday, around Malden to distribute Summer Eats meals to kids and teens!

Summer Eats provides free meals for kids and teens at hundreds of sites across Massachusetts. Participating partners, including Malden Public Schools and the Mystic Valley YMCA, help to fund meal sites, which provide anyone under the age of 18 with a free meal a day at Summer Eats locations.

During the event, kids and teens ran over from the Malden recreation sports clinic and families brought children from the neighborhood to receive free lunch, a hot chicken sandwich, serviced by school nutrition staff. Congresswoman Clark and other attendees joined in serving meals to the dozens of children and teens at the site.

Assistant Speaker Clark handing out Summer Eats meal
Assistant Speaker Clark handing out Summer Eats meal
Two kids enjoying Summer Eats meals
Two youths enjoying Summer Eats meals

“It is unacceptable for anyone in this country – especially our children – to go hungry. I was honored to join Project Bread today to bring awareness to Summer Eats and their incredible work providing lunch to children and their families during the summer months," said Assistant Speaker Clark.

Assistant Speaker Clark continues, "As Americans continue to recover from the pandemic, Democrats are working every day in Washington to lower costs for families and provide immediate solutions to those need, including free meals for students in need.”

We were proud to see a strong contingent of state legislative support for Summer Eats and to be able to support our Malden Public Schools partners preparing meals and feeding kids each day!

Special thanks to our attending partners: Massachusetts Senator Jason LewisState Representatives Kate Lipper-GarabedianPaul Donato, and Steven Ultrino; Liam Horsman, Regional Director, Office of U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey; Malden Mayor Gary Christenson; Shannon Raymond, Training Coordinator for Special Nutrition Programs, and Kristina Webber, School Nutrition Programs Coordinator with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education); Martine Cherry, Regional School Nutrition Program Branch Chief, USDA; Malden Superintendent Ligia Noriega-Murphy; Malden Public Schools Finance Director Toni Mertz; Jennifer Spadafora and Adam Weldai of the Malden School Committee; and Kate Filteau, Assistant School Nutrition Director for Malden Public Schools.

Adults standing in front of Malden food truck
Pictured Left to Right: Superintendent Noriega-Murphy, Malden YMCA representative, Erin McAleer, Adam Weldai on Malden School Committee, Rep. Ultrino, Rep. Donato, Mayor Christenson, Assistant Speaker Clark, Rep. Lipper-Garabedian, Malden Summer Eats staffer, Jennifer Spadafora Vice Chair of Malden School Committee, Sen. Lewis, Malden Recreation Director Joe Levine

Find Your Summer Eats Site

Free meals for kids and teens are available at locations across Massachusetts, open through August. Find your closest Summer Eats site with open dates and times by visiting our Summer Eats Map!

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