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ABCD NE/WE NSC Community Food Program Provides Nourishing Boxes Of Groceries And Produce

Thanks to the collaboration and support of the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and Lovin’ Spoonfuls, the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) is able to give out full boxes of produce, meat, eggs, and canned and frozen vegetables to those who would find some groceries helpful. Chronic diseases cause seven of every ten deaths each year…

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ABCD Helping Residents Through Pandemic, Demanding New Relief Bill

Latoyia sits down with John J. Drew, President of Action for Boston Community Development, to learn about the resources available to unemployed and low-income residents. Drew says Congress needs to pass a new unemployment relief bill to help struggling Americans. WATCH HERE


People struggling to afford food, local organizations overhaul operations to meet need

BOSTON — Millions of Americans are struggling to afford food. Think about that. Millions of people in the United States right now might not know where they’ll get their next meal. The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified inequities facing some marginalized groups. It’s also brought many people into food pantries for the first time. Boston 25 News anchor Kerry Kavanaugh got an…

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ABCD Head: More Help Needed from Washington

John Drew, President/CEO of ABCD, talks about emergency aid for local families and the need for agreement in more help from the federal government. Interview for BNN News. Watch Here


ABCD: Hungry children can’t wait months for relief bill

It’s been six weeks since the termination of the $600 per week Pandemic Unemployment Insurance that kept millions of workers who lost their jobs afloat in the early months of the COVID-19 crisis. Right now it is critical for the House, Senate and White House to come together on legislation that continues that funding and meets other urgent pandemic-related needs….

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People on the Move: Jessica Aguilera-Steinert

Jessica Aguilera-Steinert, MSW, LICSW, joins ABCD as Director of Health Services. A bilingual public health social worker and former Peace Corps volunteer, previous roles include Director of Training and Technical Assistance at PACT/Partners in Health and Director of the Prevention and Wellness Fund at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Ms. Aguilera-Steinert is committed to addressing economic and racial inequity…

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People on the Move: Ronald Marlow

Ron Marlow has joined ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) as Director of Workforce Development and Alternative Education. He comes to ABCD with a wealth of experience, most recently as Vice President for Workforce Development for the National Urban League in New York. Marlow has held senior leadership roles with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, MassHousing,…

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Federal assistance needed as COVID-19 continues to devastate low-income households

Since COVID-19 struck, Jamie, a 57-year-old mother from Everett, has worried constantly about keeping her family fed. Then the refrigerator died, and all their food was lost. “You don’t want to tell your child there is no food,” she said. A retired retail worker from Dorchester, Paulette, 69, juggles paying for rent, food, and other needs. She raised her granddaughter, who lives…

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OPINION: Federal assistance needed as COVID-19 continues to devastate low-income households

ABCD calls on Congress and the White House to set aside their differences and get the next coronavirus relief bill passed. Since COVID-19 struck, Jamie, a 57-year-old mother from Everett, has worried constantly about keeping her family fed. Then the refrigerator died, and all their food was lost. “You don’t want to tell your child there is no food,” she said. A…

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FOOD INSECURITY IS ON THE RISE IN MASSACHUSETTS

As the coronavirus continues to impact jobs and the economy, food insecurity is rising in Massachusetts, and food assistance programs are seeing more people look to the federal government for help feeding their families. The anti-poverty agency ABCD reports 10,000 families coming to its food pantries since mid-March, compared to 4,000 families seeking help most years. The ABCD pantries get…

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