Father Bill’s & MainSpring provides 1,500 Thanksgiving meals

Non-profit agency responds to record-high need caused by inflation, hosting in-person meals at Brockton and Quincy sites, expanding meal delivery

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[QUINCY, Mass., November 24, 2022] Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Southern Massachusetts, provided more than 1,500 Thanksgiving meals to local individuals in need on Thursday, hosting in-person community gatherings in Brockton and Quincy and delivering meals to South Shore households.

In total, 116 volunteers assisted FBMS staff to provide the meals, secured from Hardy Catering in West Bridgewater. It was the largest single-day meal total in the agency’s history, a reflection of inflation’s toll on local residents.

In Quincy and Brockton, FBMS held large Community Meals for the first time since 2019. The in-person meals were canceled entirely in 2020, and last year the Community Meals were scaled back to reduce the number of people indoors at the same time.

This year’s Community Meals were held at Christ Episcopal Church in Quincy and at FBMS’ MainSpring House emergency shelter in Brockton. Approximately 500 meals were provided during Thursday’s in-person gatherings.

FBMS also expanded its meal-delivery program, with volunteers driving approximately 1,000 pre-packed Thanksgiving dinners to the homes of local individuals and families in need. The meals included all of the traditional Thanksgiving fixings, including turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, green beans, and pie.

“We see the very best of our community on Thanksgiving,” said FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski. “This year we received more meal requests than ever as individuals and families continue to struggle with the effects of inflation. Our generous donors and volunteers responded in a big way, ensuring that nobody in our community would go hungry or be alone on this special holiday.”

Donations to a special Thanksgiving Fund allowed FBMS to meet this year’s added costs. Contributors to the Thanksgiving Fund included the Greater Boston Plumbing Contractors Association and Hingham Congregational Church. This year’s pie donors included Easton Knights of Columbus Council #238 and the Boston Bruins Foundation.

For more information on how the public can assist their neighbors in need, visit helpfbms.org/holidays.

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About Father Bill’s & MainSpring

Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) is the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts. The agency, founded in the early 1980s by a group of interfaith and community leaders, helps more than 5,000 people annually who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. FBMS, a proud partner of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton and program offices throughout Southern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.helpfbms.org.