News Service Category: Food

Local food pantries gear up for winter weather and the holiday season

As Bostonians bundle up and hunker down for the winter months, local food pantries are seeing an influx of need from families and individuals across the city.

Your guide to food access in Roxbury

Nearly one-quarter of Roxbury households are food insecure — more than anywhere else in Boston — according to the city’s Food Access Agenda, released in 2021.

Statewide, one in three Massachusetts residents report running out of food or not having enough money to get more every month, according to findings from a 2023 report by the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Massachusetts food pantries seeing more need than ever, asking for help

Food pantries in Massachusetts are seeing a large increase in need this holiday season as more local families are trying to make ends meet. … Josh Young, vice president of field operations and legislative affairs at Action for Boston Community Development, also noted an uptick in need at the organization’s food access sites, where he said there were a few empty…

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ABCD on WBUR: Over $130 Million in LIHEAP benefits announced to help families stay warm and healthy this winter

(BOSTON, MA) – October 26, 2023 WBUR-FM reports on federal home heating assistance funding available to help Massachusetts families pay their heating bills this winter. ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler says the organization has already received 10,000 applications for this critical assistance. Apply for heating assistance at toapply.org/MassLIHEAP.

ABCD on the Radio: State-Funded Extra SNAP Payments Come at a Critical Time

The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently announced $130 million in temporary state aid will start going out to people who use federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits. As costs across the board continue to rise due to inflation, these three months of extra state payments will be critical for Massachusetts residents struggling to keep up, ABCD President…

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ARL Joins ABCD for Mobile Food Pop-Up Program

Agency provides groceries and pet food for qualifying families and individuals at no cost (Boston, MA) — The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is expanding its partnership with Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), by participating in two monthly ABCD FOOD POP-UPS to help distribute groceries and pet food for individuals and families in underserved and under-resourced communities in Greater Boston….

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It’s All About Community

Food insecurity will be forever eliminated if Nick Owen and Mercy Robinson have their dream come true. READ MORE

Sharon Scott-Chandler says struggling families will lose a critical boost with the end of COVID SNAP benefits

BOSTON, MA – January 10, 2023 The state’s Department of Transitional Assistance says extra pandemic food assistance from the federal government is ending soon. Congress recently moved to phase out the SNAP benefits which amount to an extra $95 a month. GBH News interviewed ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler about the impact on struggling families. LISTEN NOW For more…

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Ways To Warm The Community This Holiday Season

Local nonprofit organizations and food pantries are looking for community members who are willing to give back this holiday season amid rising food and heating costs. Food prices in Boston increased 12.2 percent over the year since September 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 32 percent of adults in Massachusetts experienced food insecurity in 2021, according…

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ABCD Thanks Corporate Sponsors and Generous Individuals for Supporting the Winter Fund:<br>Seeks Donations for Children, Elders and Families in Need This Winter and Holiday Season

Toy distribution begins December 16th! (Boston, MA) – ABCD’s Winter Fund is seeking cash as well as in-kind donations toward Fuel and Housing Assistance, holiday toys, winter clothing and food to help under-resourced and under-represented individuals and families across Greater Boston who are in need this winter season. A partial list of Winter Fund donors include: Encore Boston, Environments at…

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