On Thursday November 9, we celebrated one year of programs at the Phoenix Food Hub!
Thank you to all who joined us and to all our guest speakers:
Kathy Burns, Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) CEO, and Nelson Chang, GLSS Board of Directors President, made welcoming remarks
Mayor Jared Nicholson, City of Lynn, delivered a congratulatory message
Adriene Worthington, Executive Office of Elder Affairs Director of Nutrition Services, presented a congratulatory citation to the Lynn Food Policy Council
Norris Guscott, City of Lynn Public Health Coordinator & Food Policy Council Leader, accepted the EOEA citation
Valerie Parker Callahan, GLSS Director of Planning and Development, presented a one-year retrospective of Phoenix Food Hub
Tina McLoughlin, Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital, Director of Community Health, announced the recipients of the Community Grant Awards
Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, Raw Art Works Executive Director, introduced the young artists in the Good 2 Go program who created 8 murals for the Phoenix space
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2023 Phoenix Food Hub Community Grants Program. These grant awards went to 10 local organizations whose proposed projects support the reduction of food insecurity in Lynn. Funding for these grants is part of a generous award from Mass General Brigham to the Phoenix Food Hub. Recipient organizations and summaries of program proposals are:
Program - Lynn Food Pantry
Grant will support the purchase and installation of permanent shelving for the Lynn Food Pantry, which will increase their capacity to store food on site and help meet the increasing demand for emergency food in Lynn.
Demakes Family YMCA
Program - Food, Nutrition & Garden Program
The YMCA serves healthy meals and snacks to children and teens in need and summer programs teaching gardening skills. Grant will support staffing and supplies to provide access to healthy foods, nutrition education, and teach gardening skills to children and teens.
Program - Food Insecurity and Health Issues
Grant will support the refurbishment and creation of more community garden beds, distribution of vegetables, and help staff the organization.
Lynn Community Health Center
Program - Hunger Assistance Program
Grant will purchase and supply supermarket gift cards to be distributed to provide support to incoming refugee families with children until other community and government services food assistance resources can be obtained.
Lynn Senior Center
Program - Senior Food Insecurity
Grant will be used to address food insecurity for seniors by providing food serving equipment and hot meals.
My Brothers Table
Program - Teen Parent Meal Program
Grant will support this food distribution and outreach program, which will provide a healthy, culturally appropriate weekly food delivery to households of the most at-risk mothers in Lynn, as they work towards graduating high school under difficult circumstances.
New Lynn Coalition
Program - Food Delivery Program
Delivers food to more than 750+ households. Grant will help fund staff for the program.
The Food Project
Program - Community Cooking Classes
Grant will support cooking classes that will focus on using locally available produce to make delicious, nutritious dishes that are relevant to some of the major cultural groups in Lynn. Drawing from the public and from families from the Kipp Academy, the Food Project plans to hold 15 cooking classes, with 15 attendees at each session this fall and winter.
The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry Inc.
Program - Mobile Market Farmers Truck for North Shore Community College - Lynn Campus
Grant will support the free distribution of food through the Open Door’s Mobile Market Farmers’ Truck to the staff and students at North Shore Community College’s Lynn Campus. Participating clients can choose up to 25 pounds of fresh produce for free each visit.
The Salem Pantry
Program - General Operation to Support Lynn Households
The Salem Food Pantry serves Lynn Residents who visit the food pantry an average of 2.5 times per month. Grant will help support food distribution to these Lynn residents.
Lynn Community Television covered the event and here is a link to a short segment on the LCTV website: