The Arbella Insurance Foundation and Walmart Take Lead in Sponsoring Interfaith Social Services’ 18th Annual Feed the Hungry Gala

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QUINCY, Mass. – July 14, 2015 — Interfaith Social Services, a multiservice center for South Shore families in need, today announced that the Arbella Insurance Foundation and WalMart have each committed to $25,000 sponsorships of the 18th annual Feed the Hungry Gala. This is the second year in a row both companies have served as the Gala’s Presenting Level sponsors.

“We are incredibly grateful to Arbella Insurance and Walmart for their partnership with Interfaith Social Services as we work together to help local families in need,” said Rick Doane, executive director of Interfaith Social Services. “While last year’s Gala was a record-setting fundraiser to support Interfaith’s programs, we also saw increased demand from our community for food, counseling and emergency assistance. We hope that more local businesses than ever will join with Interfaith, Arbella Insurance Foundation, Walmart, and our other partners as we fight against hunger here on the South Shore. We need everyone’s help in serving our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet.”

This year’s Feed the Hungry Gala will be held at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy on Friday, December 4. Proceeds raised at the Gala allow Interfaith Social Services to feed, clothe and comfort more than 20,000 local residents each year through programs that include budget counseling and homelessness prevention, mental health counseling, professional clothing for low-income job seekers, and one of Greater Boston’s largest emergency food pantries.

“We are so proud to support the 18th Annual Feed the Hungry Gala, and to honor Interfaith’s outstanding service to so many of our South Shore neighbors,” said Beverly Tangvik, president of Arbella Insurance Foundation. “As a long-time supporter of Interfaith Social Services, the Foundation is thrilled to offer our support both financially and through our employee volunteers, to do our part to help our neighbors in need.”

“Walmart is proud to support Interfaith Social Services and the incredible work that they do to help families in our communities,” said Chris Buchanan, director, Public Affairs & Government Relations at Walmart. “Working with organizations like Interfaith to end hunger is a priority for Walmart, and we look forward to our continued work with this and other deserving organizations.”

In addition to Arbella Insurance Foundation and Walmart, this year’s Gala sponsors include: JetBlue Getaways, Neighborhood Health Plan, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Law Offices of George G. Burke, Quincy Mutual Group, The Lombardo Companies, Bin Ends Wine, Boston Beer Company, Granite Links and South Shore Living magazine. Businesses or individuals who are interested in adding their names to this list can visit the Gala website at to learn more about the various sponsorship opportunities that are available.

About Interfaith Social Services
Founded in 1947, Interfaith Social Services is dedicated to improving life for South Shore families and individuals in need. Their unique approach relies on a team of volunteers, donors and community partners to deliver compassionate, client-centered programs focused on hunger, mental health and emergency assistance. Services include a food pantry, one of the largest in Greater Boston; budget counseling and homelessness prevention; community gardening; free professional attire for low-income job seekers and life skills workshops. Other programs include: The New Directions Counseling center, offering mental health counseling for adults, children, couples, and families; and The Bureau Drawer Thrift Shop, operated entirely by volunteers with all sales benefiting Interfaith’s programs. Clothing and food donations from the community are always welcome.

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