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May 2020 Newsletter 
 

Programs

Operations Update

We always say that there isn't a "typical" day in food rescue, and the last two months have driven that point home and then some. The basic road-map for our work remains the same: follow the food and deliver it to those in need. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have redrawn that map over and over again to accommodate new food sources and new food recipients.

Through it all, one fact continues to stare us in the face: Food Link will have an even greater impact on the community once we open our permanent home, the Food Link Hub at 108 Summer Street, Arlington. We are elated to share that The Hub, which is slated to open later in 2020, is under renovation at long last. We encourage you to follow our progress us on Facebook and in our newsletters.  

COVID-19 Update

During the COVID-19 shutdown, we have distributed DOUBLE the amount of food we usually do, and it hasn't been easy considering the small space we occupy currently. Operations, however, are looking a bit easier in the near-term as we now have access to much needed space and refrigeration to handle the large amount of fresh, nutritious food that we know is backed up and undistributed in the food system. By large, we mean trucks with palettes of food, not a few boxes.   

Working with Dylan from Boston Area Gleaners, Sasha from Food For Free, and Tufts University, DeAnne Dupont arranged the use a Tufts' dining facility to hold, refrigerate, sort, and distribute food to the 38% of MA residents who are food insecure.

We are grateful to Tufts for offering their big refrigerators, loading dock, and room for volunteers to work safely. What an amazing community neighbor. Learn more here
Thank you Tufts University!


Welcome New Staff Members: Emma and Bridget

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members to our operations team:  Emma Lowenstein, Operations Associate and Bridget Wright, Program Assistant.  Both Emma and Bridget started as interns with Food Link in 2019, so they hit the ground running as staff members. In this unusual and hectic time, having two amazing new employees on board is especially appreciated. Hopefully, you will get to meet them in person one day soon!

Volunteers

Volunteer Spotlight: 
Julie Kremer


Most people don't think of Food Link co-founder Julie Kremer as a volunteer, but she is just that. Julie gives her all to Food Link without pay. We know that Julie will hate that staff included her here, but we can't help but highlight the unbelievable work that she has been doing since the COVID-19 outbreak began.  

Personally, Julie has overseen the movement of 130,000 lbs of food from wherever it is (school, wholesaler, farm, restaurant) to those in need in Chelsea, Peabody, Lawrence, Lynn, Waltham, Revere, and more.  To say Julie has been working 80 hours a week for over two months is no exaggeration.  Julie's dedication to delivering food that would otherwise be wasted to people in need is simply inspiring.  Thank you for all you do!

Events

Sunday, June 14, 5:00-5:45pm
Food Link's Home Cook-In
Be on the look out June 1st for details on our upcoming virtual Food Link event, Home Cook-in: Building Food Link’s Future. This exciting event promises to be fun and chock-full of information about the future of Food Link.


May 19 - October  4, 2020
Ride For Food 2020
Want to help Food Link and get some well-needed exercise in the process?
Join the Food Link team at the 9th Annual Ride for Food: Off the Beaten Path.  This charity ride for hunger-fighting organizations is now VIRTUAL, and you’re welcome to ride your bike (or walk, or run, or roller-skate) anywhere and anytime you like!  

To learn more, make a donation, or join our virtual team, please click here

Giving

Gifts during COVID-19

We continue to marvel at the outpouring of support we have received during the COVID-19 crisis.  We would like to thank each of you who has made a gift supporting Food Link's work. There are far too many individuals to list here by name, but we are grateful for your generosity. 

We would be remiss, if we did not also acknowledge and thank a few foundations that have provided essential funding to feed those in need during this difficult time.

  • Popplestone Foundation
  • Clearwater Fund of Helen and Joe Bouscaren
  • Foundation for Metrowest
  • Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation
  • Rosenberry Charitable Trust

Thank you all!

Food Link is a community organization that rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger, and contributes to environmental sustainability. We are based in Arlington, MA, and serve communities throughout Greater Boston. We partner with grocery and prepared food stores, which donate high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, and prepared food and social service agencies, which distribute the food people in need. Food Link operates 363 days a year and is powered by over 250 volunteers. 

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