What's New


 
Thanks to a recent grant from the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation, the dining rooms of Bread & Roses will soon get be updated with new floors. This will be a continuation of previous improvement efforts to the first floor, such as the bathrooms, new tables and cabinets - also thanks to the Foundation. We can't wait for everyone to see our new look when it's all done! Meanwhile, our food pantry will be ready for Spring with all new stainless steel shelving...which will be easier to keep clean, last longer and - not to mention - keeping everything more organized!

LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE. is back!

LAST YEAR WAS SOLD OUT - ORDER TICKETS NOW!
$25 ticket includes show, appetizers, & silent auction.
Full cash bar and free parking on premises.
Don't miss the 2019 edition of community and comedy - featuring Jimmy Dunn from Conan, Letterman, and CBS’ “The McCarthys”.

We're solar powered!

We’re always finding ways to be environmentally friendly - from composting, to our bio-degradable outreach materials, to our daily rescue of food that may otherwise be discarded. Thanks to funding from the Cummings Foundation, we can now proudly join the ranks of those getting their energy from the sun! The roof at 58 Newbury Street now shines bright as it captures sunlight and converts it into the energy that keeps us humming along. We also made new friends in the team at ReVision Energy, who made the project easier than we could have imagined! 

Cummings Foundation ‘$100K For 100’ Grant Awarded to Bread & Roses

B&R Awarded Funding for New Dining Room Floors

We’re excited to announce the selection by Cummings Foundation to receive one of their ‘$100K for 100’ grants in support of critical staffing and our Community Food Outreach Program through 2022.

The Cummings Foundation’s hallmark program, the annual ‘$100K for 100’ grant program, awards $10 million each year to nonprofit organizations in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Volunteers from across Greater Boston serve on the Foundation’s grant selection committees. News of the award was delivered in person to Bread & Roses by former Mayor of Medford, MA and grant selection committee member Michael McGlynn.

Funds from this grant will facilitate the expansion of critical services for the marginalized communities of Lawrence by a minimum of 30% over the next year, and further support sustainable growth of the organization through 2022 by retaining critical staff and keeping community food outreach mobile.

Bread & Roses Executive Director Susan Sirois expressed the impact of this grant: "Stable access to food is a critical component to a healthy community. Our goal going forward is a simple one: to grow our capacity in tandem with growing demand so that we may continue to fight hunger and hardship in Lawrence. This grant will help propel Bread & Roses into sustainable growth in 2019 and beyond - while enabling us to further leverage the significant energy savings as a result of a previous ‘$100K for 100’ grant funding solar panels and other energy improvements. We truly appreciate the Foundation’s awareness of the burden of operating costs and are grateful for their continued support of the work we do."

Bread & Roses remains grateful to Bill & Joyce Cummings, the Foundation Trustees, the staff of Cummings Properties, and the dedicated community members who serve on the selection committee for standing behind Bread & Roses in the fight against hunger and hardship in Lawrence.

ECCF Supports B&R with Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Award & Capital Grant for Kitchen Updates
Catch the grant award celebration via Facebook Live on Thursday June 6 starting at 6pm! Visit www.facebook.com/cummingsfoundation.
When the gas disaster happened in September, Bread & Roses hit the ground running - partnering with the city to coordinate food & essential item outreach, volunteers and staff working overtime to accommodate the flood of requests for assistance and donations from our community - all the while managing to serve the evening meal - even without gas service. Through the difficulties as events unfolded and in the months following, we did our best to rise to the occasion - effectively expanding our program capacities to get the job done. It's heartening to be among the recipients of the Essex County Community Foundation's Greater Lawrence Relief Fund grant award. This grant of $20,000 speaks to the recognition of ECCF and their donors of the toll such an event can take on an organization and the community it serves. We wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Foundation, contributors to the Fund, and as always - to our dedicated network of individuals, community groups and business partners for helping us all get through to the other side to continue the work of fighting hunger in Lawrence. 
The Bread & Roses kitchen has made a lot meals possible over three decades. 
Thanks to a $10,000 grant, also from ECCF - we can now update our kitchen from wood to stainless steel. This means a working space that is easier to clean, more sanitary, and built to last for many more years to come!