Father Bill’s & MainSpring provides 1,700 Thanksgiving meals

Non-profit agency hosts in-person meals at brand new Yawkey Housing Resource Center in Quincy and at Brockton shelter, in addition to expanding meal delivery

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[QUINCY, Mass., November 23, 2023] Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness in Southern Massachusetts, provided nearly 1,700 Thanksgiving meals to local individuals in need on Thursday, hosting in-person community gatherings in Quincy and Brockton and delivering meals to South Shore households.

In total, 120 volunteers assisted FBMS staff to provide the meals, which were prepared by Hardy Catering in West Bridgewater. It was the largest single-day meal total in the agency’s history.

This year’s Community Meals were held at the brand new Yawkey Housing Resource Center in Quincy and at the MainSpring House emergency shelter in Brockton. Approximately 550 meals were provided during Thursday’s in-person gatherings.

FBMS also expanded its meal-delivery program, with volunteers driving more than 1,100 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.

Donations to a special Thanksgiving Fund allowed FBMS to meet this year’s added costs. This year’s pie donors included Easton Knights of Columbus Council #238, the Boston Bruins Foundation, Table Talk Pies and the 3rd-graders at East Elementary School in Hingham.

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.