LIFEBRIDGE MEAL SERVICE
SPUR has an ongoing relationship with Lifebridge of Salem, MA, which provides shelter, food and supportive services to the local homeless population and people in need. Providing meals is an immediate, direct and tangible way that we can improve the lives of hungry people in our surrounding community. SPUR volunteers prepare and serve a dinner one night a month at Lifebridge. As of January 2017, SPUR has engaged 164 households to prepare 2,100 servings of food and mobilized 103 volunteers ages 4 and up to serve.
View our meal service recipe archive.
Facts about homelessness and food insecurity in Massachusetts:
The number of individuals experiencing homelessness has more than doubled since 1990. On any given night in Massachusetts, the approximately 3,000 night shelter beds for individuals usually are full or beyond capacity. Homelessness affects people from all walks of life and for many reasons. A 2014 report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development noted that the rate of homelessness in Massachusetts rose faster in Massachusetts than in any other state in the nation since 2007. and Massachusetts ranks as the state with the ninth highest rate of homelessness in the country. With four homeless shelters in Essex County, MA, it is an issue that is very close to home. In addition, as of 2015, almost 10 percent of households in Massachusetts experienced food insecurity (Project Bread).