The Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee on June 11th awarded Nuestra Comunidad a $35,000 grant to secure food access for Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan residents least able to access enough food at this time. With grant partner Soleil restaurant, we are serving seniors & families least able to leave their housing & most vulnerable to COVID-19. Thanks to the City of Boston and Mayor Marty Walsh for this important resource.

Nuestra also operates two food pickup sites and provides grocery purchases to supplement food pantry supplies for residents with food insecurity. During the COVID19 state of emergency, Nuestra to date has provided 8,605 meals, using $63,880 in in-kind donations to help address food insecurity. We identified these households by making 3,412 wellness calls, made by a team of volunteers and staff. Another major need identified was rental assistance; and we have referred 206 households to rental assistance agencies.

It’s gratifying to partner with Nubian Square restaurant owner Cheryl Straughter in this effort. Cheryl and her Soleil restaurant were recently recognized for their business leadership in Nubian Square in a Boston Globe profile, available https://bit.ly/2BYu63y

If you’d like to donate to this effort, go to our donate page in the menu above. To volunteer, contact Monica Dean at mdean@oppcommunities.org.