The Food Project Receives $6,500 Grant to Expand Local Hunger Relief Efforts

Project Bread

Community-led Solutions


Project Bread Awards Project-based Grants to Community Organizations Statewide

Project Bread launched the Pathways to Change Grant this fall in recognition of the essential anti-hunger work being achieved in Massachusetts.

The Food Project and eight other nonprofits received $6,500 to fund projects aimed to:

  • Engage communities to address the barriers to federal programs.
  • Create space to discuss and dismantle the stigma of food insecurity.
  • Create equitable community-driven solutions to hunger.

With a redesigned focus on funding lasting systemic solutions, rather than direct or emergency food relief services,  this community investment program creates opportunities for communities to connect, listen, share, and elevate organizational and individual voices.

Project-Based Funding

Strengthening community and family connections

With this funding, The Food Project partnered with KIPP Academy Lynn, YMCA, Lynn residents and community gardeners to develop cooking classes rooted in local, seasonal and culturally-appropriate foods and recipes. 

At each class, participants had access to multilanguage materials about Federal Nutrition Programs, such as SNAP, and Summer Eats programs available in Lynn during the summer months while schools are out. 

Families came back week after week with their kids. A 5th grade student who participated in multiple weekly classes exclaimed “I come here because when I grow up I want to be a chef!”

family at cooking class

1 in 5 households with children in the Commonwealth struggle having enough to eat.

Community-based organizations, like The Food Project, have been critical and steadfast change agents, creating innovative community-led solutions to address food insecurity locally.

students on farm

About The Food Project

Growing organic hunger solutions

The Food Project has been growing food, cultivating youth leaders, and creating change since 1991. Their nonprofit program, grounded in food justice and farming, employs 140 youths each year to work with staff and volunteers in the organization’s farms and community programs in Massachusetts.

since 2021, project bread has granted $680,000 to support anti-hunger NGOs

Initiative-focused funding

The Food Project is one of 28 nonprofits to receive funds from Project Bread.  In 2021, The Food Project received $50,000 in grant funding from Project Bread, with an additional $6,500 project-based grant to further their local hunger relief efforts.

Our goal in supporting these projects is to create spaces for community conversations, dismantle the stigma around food insecurity, increase access and participation in federal nutrition programs, and empower local organizations to advocate and drive systemic changes addressing food insecurity.

cooking class

Project Bread’s Role

Connecting communities with sustainable solutions

Through Project Bread’s community investment program, The Food Project and other nonprofits can further their mission and continue their incredible work making their communities better for all.

“We continue to learn from and invest in our community partners because of their strength in creating local, sustainable solutions. Supporting our community partners, like The Food Project, is one of our key strategies for ending hunger statewide.” - Erin McAleer, CEO of Project Bread.

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