NEXT UPCOMING EVENTS:
Food is First, Sunday November 5th. See More Below.
Melrose is often thought of as a comfortable suburb of Boston, but we understand that many people in our local communities lack access to nutritious food and spiritual support. MUUC strongly and consistently supports local ministries working to meet basic nutritional needs of people in our community. Our Hunger Ministries include supporting Bread of Life, our Food Is First program, our Giving Beyond Our Walls program, and recently creating school vacation week food boxes.
Bread of Life
Bread of Life is a faith-based ministry, serving the communities north of Boston by feeding the hungry, homeless, needy and isolated; offering spiritual nurture, support, and hospitality; promoting greater peace and justice by addressing broader issues of hunger, poverty, and need; and conducting their work in a spirit of respect and nonviolence.
There is food shopping and often a “cook-ahead” the night before or afternoon of the scheduled serving date.
Typically, shopping is done around 930-1130 am (the day-before or the day “of”); cooking is done later in the day (7-9 pm the day-before, or around 1-3 pm the afternoon “of”), food is transported about 3:30 pm, and all meals are served from approximately 5:30-7:00 pm, followed by clean-up. This can change, so please check the MUUC calendar for possible updates to the above activity times as dates approach.
In addition to the cook-aheads, MUUC’ers will be helping for at least 1 hour before-hand to bring food from MUUC to the serving sites, prepare individual servings, and set-up for the evening meal on the day “of”. We will also stay at least 1 hour afterwards for cleanup. You don’t have to be present the whole time – assistance at any time is wonderful! Bring an apron, put your hair in a pony-tail and join in! Food-serving gloves are provided. Chi;ldren school-age and older are welcome to help, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
MUUC will be preparing food, serving meals and doing cleanup for the Bread of Life on the following dates and locations in 2017
Bread of Life Pantry location has on-street parking.
American Legion Post 69 location is wheelchair-accessible and has onsite parking.
First Baptist Church location has on-street parking and very limited onsite parking (typically saved for those who are transporting the food in their vehicles)
- Thurs November 30 (location TBD)
- Friday January 5 (location TBD)
Food Is First
Pantry of Hope is a food pantry organized and run by the local First Baptist Church in Melrose. To support the Pantry of Hope, on the first Sunday of every month during the church year, MUUC has a “Food Is First” effort. This means MUUC’ers bring shelf-stable food and non-food items (such as toothpaste, tin-foil, etc.) to the church before worship service, and volunteers bring the donations from our church to our neighboring First Baptist Church. First Baptist sees to the distribution for our neighbors in need.
Giving Beyond Our Walls
MUUC has been “Giving Beyond Our Walls” to support the work of many vital organizations for years, including many that deal with hunger issues. Check out the Giving Beyond Our Walls page on our website.
School Vacation Food Boxes
MUUC has recently been organizing efforts to raise money to provide vacation week food boxes for over 100 families who live in motels in Melrose and Malden. A need was identified during the February and April school vacations in 2016, as these families often struggle to feed their children who would otherwise receive free breakfasts and lunches at school. Food is purchased and MUUC’ers help to assemble the boxes, which are then delivered directly to the families by Bread of Life; these boxes contain kid-friendly, nutritious, and shelf-stable food requiring little or no preparation.
With the kick-off in 2016, many generous donors meant fund-raising expectations were exceeded. And it means there’s another School Vacation Food Box event this February and April 2017. Please click HERE for more information about this event.
If you would like to help or get more information on any of our Hunger Ministry efforts, please contact our Social Justice Committee.