SPUR has an ongoing relationship with LIFEBRIDGE SALEM, 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.
Starting in January 2019 we added a new volunteer opportunity for meal service at BRIDGEWELL RECUPERATVIE CARE CENTER in Lynn. This unique meal service not only gives volunteers an opportunity to cook but also serve and visit with those experiencing homelessness and who are medically vulnerable. The first Friday of the month, we provide a meal service to their clients which includes a main portion, salad and fruit. Additionally our twice monthly "Meal Drops" program gives volunteers an opportunity to make a home cooked meal to drop off at the facility which is then served by the Bridgewell staff.
Please feel free to 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).