Summer Eats Grant Applications Are Now Open
Project Bread’s 2018 Summer Eats grant application is now open to all new and existing summer meals sponsors! This year’s grant aims to increase participation in the summer meals program through new and innovative expansion and outreach strategies. We hope these funds can help you expand your program’s reach and visibility in your community. Sponsors are eligible for expansion awards of $2,000-$5,000 based on the scope of proposed activities. Up to two awards over $5,000 will be granted to sponsors launching innovative expansion strategies in 2018. To be considered for funding all grant applications and supplemental materials must be received by 5:00 pm on April 13, 2018. If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Miriam Avila at 617-239-2539.
Make Hunger History With the 50th Walk for Hunger
Project Bread is celebrating its 50th Walk for Hunger & 5K Run on Sunday, May 6, 2018! Money raised by Walk participants funds a wide variety of hunger solutions across Massachusetts that help the 1 in 7 children in the state who face hunger, including summer meals programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, health center programs and urban agriculture initiatives. Whether you participate as a Walker, Runner or Volunteer, join your neighbors on the Boston Common to celebrate 50 years of Massachusetts speaking out against hunger. The Walk is also a great opportunity to build school community and foster student leadership – many school groups from around the state participate each year, and we encourage you to join! For more information and to register your own school team, visit www.projectbread.org/walk today. Together, we can make hunger history in Massachusetts.
Summer Meals Kickoff Launches New Statewide Brand
In February, 130 summer meals sponsors, sites, and community partners gathered at our annual Summer Meals Kickoff to plan for another summer serving meals to children and teens when school is out. For the first time this year, attendees committed to opening more than 20 new meals sites, holding nearly 15 “Blitz Days” to get the word out about the program, sourcing more local fruits and vegetables, and adding additional meal times each day this summer! In addition to all the great sessions and networking, the Summer Meals Kickoff also launched Summer Eats, the new Massachusetts statewide summer meals brand. The new brand will help to unify the summer meals program throughout the state. Branded materials are available for all sponsors to order.