Interfaith has received a $50,000 grant from the Boston Foundation’s Safety Net Grants program, which supports social service organizations meeting the essential needs of vulnerable communities and people in Greater Boston, with a priority on the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Lynn, Salem and Randolph.
“Randolph is one of the communities that utilizes our services the most,” said Interfaith’s Executive Director Rick Doane. “Last year our food pantry distributed more than 78,000 pounds of food to Randolph residents. This grant will allow us to serve the increasing number of people from Randolph, and greater Boston, in need of assistance. We are very grateful for the Boston Foundation’s investment in our community.”
For the past 75 years, Interfaith Social Services has been providing South Shore families and individuals in need with food, mental health counseling, homelessness prevention services and initiatives that bring joy to children.
“For decades, Interfaith Social Services has provided critically-needed food, rental assistance, mental health and other services to thousands of people in Quincy and the South Shore,” said Orlando Watkins, Vice President and Chief Program Officer at the Boston Foundation. “As a community-based, collaborative, volunteer-driven organization, they provide a platform for creating a more equitable, stronger community for all South Shore residents.”
Funds for this Safety Net grant come from the Boston Foundation’s Fund for Boston’s Future, an endowed pool of funds built over more than a century by generous contributors who want to help the Greater Boston community thrive. Each year, the Boston Foundation distributes more than $15 million in discretionary grants and other resources from the Fund, which are largely awarded through a competitive process open to nonprofits serving the Foundation’s catchment area, stewarded by the Foundation’s Program Department staff and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.