THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, July 29, 2022 Page 15 REPORT| FROM PAGE 3 Pictured from left to right during Monday’s promotion of Summer Eats at Macdonald Stadium: USDA School Nutrition Branch Chief Martine Cherry, Project Bread Free school meals have been the number one source of free food throughout the pandemic – a critical resource for the one in five households with children and one in three households of color with children who struggle to afford enough food and rely daily on those free school meals. Community-based organizations like Malden Public Schools have been critical and steadfast local supports during this crisis, providing a wide variety of resources to residents, especially to youngsters and families even when schools are closed. For more than 20 years, Project Bread, through its Child Nutrition Outreach Program, has worked in partnership with the DESE to provide youngsters with access to Summer Eats across the state. Any child or teen 18 and younger can eat at more than 500 sites statewide for free. No registration or ID is required. Last summer, more than 7.5 million meals were served through the program. People experiencing food insecurity should call into Project Bread’s toll-free FoodSource Hotline (1-800-6458333), which provides confidential assistance to connect with food resources, including SNAP benefits, in 180 languages and for the hearing impaired. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org Congresswoman Katherine Clark (Massachusetts 5th District, U.S. House of Representatives) with Massachusetts House of Representatives members, pictured from left to right: Steven Ultrino (33rd Middlesex District), Paul Donato (35th Middlesex District) and Kate Lipper-Garabedian (32nd Middlesex District). President/CEO Erin McAleer, School Committee Vice Chair Jennifer Spadafora, State Representative Steven Ultrino, State Representative Kate Lipper-Garabedian and Ward 5 School Committee Member Adam Weldai (both in back), Mayor Gary Christenson, Congresswoman Kathy Clark, State Representative Paul Donato, State Senator Jason Lewis, Ward 8 School Committee Member Sharyn Rose-Zeiberg and Superintendent of Schools Ligia Noriega-Murphy. Malden residents Grace (at left), 6, and Claire Johnson, 8, interacted with Congresswoman Katherine Clark. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) Malden resident Levi Perez, 11, grabbed a salad and sandwich from Congresswoman Katherine Clark.

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