We’ve been lucky enough to participate in a COVID response project that’s helpful in sustaining a couple of small businesses, besides feeding families that need prepared meals at this time. Both businesses have provided meals at cost (i.e. no profit).
Eastie Farm, as a climate-conscious community-building organization using food as its vehicle, is fortunate to enjoy the love of the amazing climate organization Mothers Out Front (and Mothers Out Front – East Boston Chapter!) We have even done a couple of projects together. Now, during this COVID crisis, Mothers Out Front have given us funds for a weeklong meals program to
• ZUMIX families
• Donald McKay K-8 School families
• Families that #MutualAidEastie works closely with and therefore has an intimate understanding of the needs of
• Individual and families not covered under the above three categories
Ania Camargo has been working hard to make this happen, and is continuing to offer support going into subsequent weeks. Thank you, Ania, specifically, and all Mothers Out Front!
We have been working with David Shalvoy at Christopher’s Cafe & Catering Inc in Lynn for the five deliveries a week (They have been very kind to bring additional goodies they could find (pastries, pies, duck eggs) on top of the meals) and Tawakal Halal Cafe. Last Friday, when we suddenly realized we still had a gap of 17 families that did not receive any meals that day, Tawakal Halal Cafe jumped into action creating 2 meals each for those families. As it turns out, those families hadn’t had Somali food, and were pleased with the delicious and healthy meals.
We consider ourselves lucky to be in this position to help, as a non-profit supported by caring people on the one end, and connected to caring people on the other who make sure our services go to those who most need it. Thank you, Brittany Thomas, Susanna Starrett, Principal Jordan Weymer, and all others who’ve pitched in to support this initiative.
These volunteers have worked as joyfully on sunny days as they have on snowy ones, with homemade masks. These people are our true wealth.