The First Baptist Church recently received a $100,000 grant from Mass General Brigham to grow its sit down meals and food deliveries service. When COVID hit, First Baptist could no longer provide meals inside its location, said Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird. "We said, let's deliver to them. It was two meals a week, which quickly became three meals," said Wiest-Laird. Soon they were providing three meals a week up to 300 households in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Roslindale, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and more.
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the largest hunger-relief organization in New England, recently added several new members to their Board of Directors including Jamaica Plain resident Laura Perille. Perille is President and CEO of Nurtury, based in Jamaica Plain, which is a $20 million childcare non-profit that services more than 1,200 children. She recently served as the interim superintendent of Boston Public Schools during 2018-19 and is the former President and CEO of EdVestors, a non-profit school improvement organization in Boston. Earlier in her career, the Brown University alum served as Director of Programs at GBFB from 1989 to 1994. “We are so fortunate to have the support and guidance of one of most respected education leaders in Eastern Massachusetts,” said Catherine D’Amato, GBFB’s president and CEO, via press release.