Page 10 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021 Bread of Life to begin construction on a new facility B read of Life's Under One Roof Capital Campaign is Moving Forward to a Brighter Future and is the final planning stages of its campaign to begin construction on a new facility. This new facility will bring all programs “under one roof” and allow Bread of Life to serve more people more efficiently. “I'm very excited to announce that we were just awarded a grant by the MA Food Security Infrastructure program which brings our fundraising total to $3.3 million,” stated Gabriella Snyder Stelmack, Bread of Life’s Executive Director. “This completes the first phase of our campaign, allowing Bread of Life to start construction this by this summer.” By the end of 2020, Bread of Life was providing food for double the number of households and triple the number of individuals compared to the start of the year. Bread of Life responded to many other needs as well, providing masks, sanitizing products, diapers, toiletries, supermarket gift cards, new and used clothing, winter gloves, hats and scarves. During the COVID-19 pandemic Bread of Life expanded its programs, launching a grocery delivery service to hundreds of seniors and isolated families, increasing food pantry and motel outreach services, and expanding its backpack nutrition program to provide food to Everett middle and high school students. “There is still much to do as we enter the next phase of our campaign,” stated Snyder Stelmack. “We look forward to meeting the challenges of decreasing our $1 million loan and securing all the equipment for our state-of-the-art kitchen and superette-style food pantry. We are thankful for our dedicated supporters who, like us, believe in our motto: Food for the Body...Nurture for the Soul.” About Bread of Life: Founded in 1980, Bread of Life is a one of the largest providers and distributors of food to at risk families in the communities north of Boston. Programs provided by Bread of Life include serving free evening meals four nights per week, and offering food relief services to families residing in 13 communities: Malden, Medford, Everett, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, Melrose, Reading, North Reading, Chelsea, Winthrop, Revere and Winchester. Bread of Life delivers food to senior citizens and homeless families and individuals sheltered in local motels. Bread of Life recently launched a Backpack Nutrition Program to provide backpacks of nutritious food to students in Everett. To learn more about Bread of Life and to donate to the Under One Roof Campaign, visit www.breadoflifemalden.org MVRCS student named National Merit Finalist M ALDEN – Isabelle Aengenheyster, a senior at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School (MVRCS), recently became the second MVRCS student in as many years to earn prestigious National Merit Finalist commendation. In doing so, she is the seventh student in school history to earn finalist status and seeks to join Sophie Carroll (’13) and Justin Nguyen (’14) as National Merit Scholars. The selection of some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship winners from the group of 15,000-plus finalists is now in progress with Isabelle and students coast to coast awaiting the outcome, which will be announced in March. “I join the entire school community in publicly congratulating Isabelle for this impressive achievement and accomplishment,” said MVRCS High Isabelle Aengenheyster School Assistant Director Matthew Stone. “This is a testament to her academic prowess and culmination of 13 years of efforts and work to reach this point. This distinction is a true milestone but by no means is a highlight; there are plenty of those to come for Isabelle.” LIKE US ON FACEBOOK ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER FACEBOOK.COM/ADVOCATE.NEWS.MA

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