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Food Link, a community organization that rescues fresh food and contributes to environmental sustainability, has received a $25,000 grant from Eastern Bank. The funds will support renovations of Food Link’s new headquarters at 108 Summer St.

“Nonprofits provide services essential to building thriving communities, yet their growth is stymied far too often. We realized this as an area where we could help to do good and established our Partnership Grant program to specifically fund capital needs,” said Bob Rivers, chair and CEO of Eastern Bank said in a Jan. 16 news release. “Nonprofits are no different than for profit businesses in that they require funding to grow, but it can be especially challenging for nonprofits to secure it. We’re proud to support and congratulate the 2018 Partnership Grant recipients.”

DeAnne Dupont, Food Link president and cofounder, said in the release: “We are so excited about the support of Eastern Bank through the partnership grant awarded by the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation grant. The grant will help us fund the renovation of our new home, which will expand Food Link’s capacity to help the communities we currently serve and also provide the potential to help more neighborhoods. With 4,000 square feet of space, Food Link’s new facility will allow us to consolidate our entire operations under one roof, providing greater cold and dry storage capacity, office space for our staff, and a more accessible working environment for our 200 dedicated volunteers.”

Since 1999, on average, Eastern Bank has given 10 percent of its net income — seven times the national average — to charities each year, which now totals over $110 million. The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has several different grant-making programs that support the Bank’s culture rooted in community service and the pursuit of social justice and opportunity for all. The Foundation’s Partnership Grant program specifically funds nonprofit capital needs. Food Link is among 20 nonprofits that each received a $25,000 Partnership Grant in 2018. In total, Eastern is granting $500,000 in Partnership Grants this year to nonprofits in communities from New Hampshire to Rhode Island and throughout Cape Cod, MetroWest, Greater Boston and the North Shore, South Shore and Merrimack Valley. Information about all of Eastern Bank’s grant-giving programs is available here.

Founded in 1818, Boston-based Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with $11 billion in assets and more than 200 volunteers serving 12 communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire and Rhode Island. 

Food Link collects high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, bread, and prepared foods that would otherwise be wasted from local grocery and prepared food stores. The organization delivers the nutritious food to over 30 social service agencies – serving more than 18,000 people in need – including after school programs, programs for at-risk youth, low-income housing facilities, homeless shelters, food pantries, veteran organizations, and senior centers.

Food Link is based in Arlington, MA and serves 11 communities throughout Greater Boston, from South Boston to Lawrence and Lowell. It operates 363 days a year, and is powered by over 150 volunteers. 

Nov. 14, 2018: UNDER ONE ROOF: Food Link completes purchase of Summer St. HQ

This news announcement was published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.