Community Anti-Hunger Partners Convene to Celebrate Local Progress

Project Bread

Our Partners

Project Bread’s Community Partnership grantees working to end hunger across Massachusetts gathered for a reception at Groundwork Lawrence to celebrate their progress of local solutions to date.

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Project Bread's Jen Lemmerman, El Buen Samaritano's Mari Gonzalez, Project Bread's Victoria Martins, and CPLAN's Samantha Mariano

Our Impact

Since January 2021 we have been able to support the work of 28 organizations across the state, including our 2022-2023 Pathway for Change grantees, for a total of $680,500 invested in community solutions.

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Tina, Wil, and Philip of QARI, Adriana of Project Bread, Tess of Empower Children for Success
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Kristen from QCAP and Catalina from Project Bread
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Greta of Everett Community Growers, Enrique and Alejandra of Mill City Grows, Jonathan of Groundwork Lawrence

Special Guests

We were also joined at the reception by the co-founders of Equitable Spaces, Diane Sullivan and Jimmieka Mills, who are supporting Project Bread’s strategic plan development as we engage more people with lived experience. Equitable Spaces was recently invited to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health as an advocate for people with lived experience with hunger.

Jimmieka Mills and Diane Sullivan posing for the camera
Jimmieka Mills and Diane Sullivan posing for the camera

The Big Questions

Attendees received posters highlighting the work their organizations have spearheaded, as well as certificates honoring their accomplishments. At the event the organizations helped us plan our community of practice work to be launched in November 2022, answering these three big questions:

  1. How does your organization work with parents and youth?

  2. What topics would you like to discuss in our community of practice?

  3. What is your organization doing to learn from people with lived experience in hunger?

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Greta of Everett Community Growers & Nichole of The Food Project

Looking Forward

We are excited about what the future holds for the Community Partnerships Program. We want to create opportunities to connect, listen, share, and elevate organizational and individual voices. This opportunity will empower participants to explore innovative solutions, and to be part of our advocacy, policy, programing and educational work. Learn more about our current Community Partners and the work happening in different towns across Massachusetts below.

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Rhonda M. Fazio, Catalina of Project Bread, Jimmieka and Diane of Equitable Spaces
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Clara and Maddie from Project Bread's Team
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Stacey of Thrive Support and Advocacy
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Kathy of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
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