Hunger Ministries

NEXT UPCOMING EVENTS:

Bread Of Life: Thursday, March 29th, 2018. See More Below.

Food Is First: Sunday, April 1st, 2018. 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

BOLcolorLogoBread 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 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by clean-up.

This can changeso please check the MUUC CALENDAR for possible updates to the above activity times as dates approach.

You can also send an email to SocialJustice [at] melroseuu [dot] org.

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. Children, 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 2018 

Thursday Meals are served at the Salvation Army Hall, 213 Main Street, Malden, MA. On-street parking; public transportation. (note the change of venue, no longer at American Legion Post 69).

Friday Meals are served at the First Baptist Church, 493 Main Street, Malden, MA. On-street parking; public transportation. (note this has very limited onsite parking typically saved for those who are transporting the food in their vehicles)

  • Friday, January 5, 2018
  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018: UPCOMING BREAD OF LIFE

  • Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Thursday, August 30, 2018
  • Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Thursday, November 29, 2018
All Bread of Life locations are accessible by public transportation, including:
  • subway (Orange Line, Malden Center, then walking or bus)
  • commuter rail (Malden Center, then walking or bus)
  • bus routes (All from Malden Center subway stop; Routes 131, 136, and 137 come directly from Melrose as well. Bus Routes To First Baptist: 99, 101, 104, 105, 106, 108, 131, 136, 137, 411, 430; Bus Routes To Salvation Army: bus routes 99, 104, 105, and 106; and also walking distance from the other First Baptist routes.

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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 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 our 2017 fund-raising also exceeded expectations so that the February fund-raiser made enough to fund both School Vacation Food Box events in February and April 2017 and February 2018. For April 2018, we have been told by Bread of Life that there are currently no families living in local motels at this time. See you in 2019!

Interested?

If you would like to help or get more information on any of our Hunger Ministry efforts, please contact our Social Justice Committee.