United Way of Greater Plymouth County has been awarded a Project Bread Community Partnership Grant.
The $25,000 grant funds will be used in partnership with Catholic Charities South, The Charity Guild, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Stonehill College to expand and enhance a local coalition comprised of food pantries, education institutions, faith-based organizations, local agencies fighting food insecurity and the Brockton Mayor’s Office called the Brockton Area Hunger Network (BAHN).
BAHN has been in existence for over two decades and meets each month on the first Wednesday at 9 a.m. to discuss the latest work related to hunger in the city of Brockton and its surrounding towns. The group regularly shares pantry updates, opportunities to collaborate, challenges to overcome, and efficiencies to achieve. Representatives from the Greater Boston Food Bank and Project Bread attend the meetings as well to provide regional information. A portion of funding will be used for data collection and analysis of local food insecurity demographics, barriers to access, and systemic community needs.
“We are excited to expand the incredible work of the Brockton Area Hunger Network by building capacity through this Project Bread grant,” said United Way of Greater Plymouth County President and CEO Dennis Carman. “Together, we can take a closer look at the root causes of food insecurity and inequality in our communities and develop systemic solutions to best serve our neighbors!”
Project Bread’s Foodsource Hotline offers food assistance in 180 languages and serves all of Massachusetts. It may be accessed via 1-800-645-8333 with hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is also an online chat feature which can be accessed via www.projectbread.org/get-help.