Asking for help should be easy. Project Bread takes the stigma away while connecting people to the healthy food they deserve. We pioneer solutions that put dignity first. Your Walk makes this possible.
It's no secret that asking for help can be hard. For people who have to make impossible decisions each day between basic necessities, the thought of having to stand in line for food can be enough to keep them from seeking assistance at all. But what if they could simply pull up a chair at a table and order a healthy hot meal from a friendly server, or select their own groceries from store shelves to bring home to their families—including fresh produce? Suddenly receiving help feels just like...normal life.
Supported by the Walk for Hunger, Rosie's Place (pictured above) is the first emergency shelter for poor and homeless women in the United States, and a sanctuary to the women they serve. In addition to providing shelter, showers, and groceries, their Dining Room serves over 100,000 healthy meals to guests each year. "It's important to us at Rosie's Place that the women who come to our Dining Room have a full, healthy meal served graciously, and in a way that maintains their dignity," says Sue Marsh, executive director. Not only are their guests provided with table service in the Dining Room, offering them a similar experience to dining in a restaurant, but local fresh fruits and vegetables are incorporated into every meal served.
The Falmouth Service Center was one of the first community food resources in the region to break the mold of what you might imagine a typical food pantry looks like. As you walk past their beautiful wooden shelves, stocked neatly in rows of the same non-perishable food items, it's easy to think you're shopping in a conventional grocery store. "We want to create an environment that eases stress and improves the quality of life for residents of our community," says Brenda Swain, executive director of the Falmouth Service Center. Visted by more than 1,000 households each month, not only can people shop the shelves to select items that best fit their family's needs, they can fill their baskets with fresh produce. Sometimes, the service center even partners with area fishermen to provide locally caught seafood.
Through the Walk for Hunger, Project Bread supports 240 food pantries and community meal programs like Rosie's Place and the Falmouth Service Center—programs that are changing the way we think about emergency food by serving up healthy with a side of dignity!