MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund

About the Fund

The MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund is one of the best avenues for putting an end to hunger in your community. 

Supporting your local food pantry and community supper is important; however, a solely local approach is simply not enough to end a regional problem. Through our work with area service providers, the Foundation has discovered that individuals often visit a variety of different food pantries in their area--not just the one in their hometown--to put food on the table each night. It's clear from our research that it's not enough to support single towns; we have to support the entire region to truly make a difference. 

The issue of hunger is real, even here at home in MetroWest. The reality is that our neighbors with children struggle to keep food on the table when school is out for the summer and they no longer access to free or reduced lunches. Our elders can't quite stretch their fixed incomes far enough. People in emergencies need a hand so that they can focus on rebuilding their lives. In the words of A Place to Turn's Executive Director, "There is such a misconception about people who need food assistance. Our clients don't sleep on park benches or spend their money on cigarettes instead of food. Many are working two jobs with no benefits or they are single parents." 

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History of the Fund

Five years ago, the Foundation for MetroWest and dedicated fundholders collectively established the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund in order to do something about the growing problem of hunger in our own backyard. It started small, but in the years since has grown tremendously. To date, we have distributed over $300,000 to food support agencies throughout the 33 cities and towns we serve. We are proud to say that with your help, last year alone we distributed over $87,000 to 40+ organizations across the region. 

In the summer of 2015, the Foundation launched a $55,000 Summer Hunger challenge to support the MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund. The outpouring of support was incredible and led to a milestone achievement- reaching our goal of distributing $110,000 to hunger relief agencies in MetroWest. Surpassing the $100,000 mark and growing the program by more than 25% are particular points of pride for the Foundation and we recognize that none of this would have been possible if not for the generosity of Foundation fundholders and donors. Thank you! 

2015 Panel Talk: "Hunger in MetroWest," Co-Sponsored by the Bentley Service-Learning Center

On October 7, 2015 more than 100 community members joined us for an afternoon of discussion regarding what moderator Jonathan White, Director of the Bentley Service-Learning Center calls, "One of the most pressing issues of our time- hunger in America." Each of our five panelists spoke passionately about what needs to be done in order to bring an end to hunger in MetroWest, and how through collaboration, understanding, and a will to make a difference we can ensure that every person living in MetroWest can meet their most basic daily needs. 

The panel was moderated by Dr. Jonathan White, Director of the Bentley Service-Learning Center. 

Panelists included: 

Joanne Barry, Executive Director at A Place to Turn

Jessica Caouette, Central and Western Manager at Share our Strength's Cooking Matters

Ashley Stanley, Founder and Executive Director of Lovin' Spoonfuls

Jonathan Tetrault, Senior Manager of Community Initiatives at The Greater Boston Food Bank

Michael Tobia, Chairman of the Mt. Calvary Community Supper