Food Deliveries and Budget Season Continue!

Dear friends, 

I hope you all had a restful and reflective Memorial Day weekend, and to our Muslim neighbors and friends, I hope you had a blessed Eid. 

Last week, we distributed an additional 580 boxes of food to the West End and Beacon Hill, where we have many low-income and senior buildings with residents in need of better access to food. Once again, we had an amazing crew of volunteers! I am continuously grateful to those of you who have done deliveries with us, as well as those of you who continue to phone bank and check on your neighbors.

I am also thankful for Representatives Livingstone and Michlewitz and their staff, as well as the staff at Blackstone, Amy Lowell, Beacon House, Peter Faneuil, and Bowdoin School Apartments who partnered with us to organize and execute the delivery. As always, we are fortunate to work with the folks from the Mayor’s Office of Food Access, the AgeStrong Commission, the BPDA food operations team, and the Greater Boston Food Bank — plus the Building Trades workers who help pack the boxes, and the drivers who get them to us. Thanks to the Boston Resiliency Fund for financing this delivery.

The Council’s initial review of the proposed FY21 budget concludes this week, to be followed by further evaluation of the changing revenue picture, but there is still time to submit testimony. Our final budget hearing will be tonight (Thursday) at 6PM, and it is dedicated to public testimony. If you would like to watch you can do so via the livestream. If you would like to testify, please join us at this Zoom link at 6PM, or you can submit testimony by emailing or submitting a video clip. This morning at 10AM we’ll be having a budget hearing focused on the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) and the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), and one focused on the BPDA at 2PM; these can also be watched via the Council’s livestream as well. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my office if you are in need of anything during this time. You can also visit my website for information on a variety of resources. If this newsletter was forwarded to you or if a friend or neighbor would like to sign up to receive future newsletters, please fill out this form.

With thanks,

Kenzie

St Joseph’s Meal Site

We are thrilled to announce that St Joseph’s Church in the West End is now an official City of Boston meal site, providing free, prepared meals for adults and kids Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 12:00pm. St Joseph’s Church is located in the West End at 68 O’Connell Way. All are welcome! 

St Joseph’s prepared meals program is run by the Mayor’s Office of Food Access, with partnership from our office and State Representative Jay Livingstone’s office. If you have any questions about the program, please call the folks at St. Joseph’s Church at 617-523-4342.

Tufts University Emergency Grants for Local Nonprofits

Tufts University will be awarding one-time $1,000 emergency grants to local nonprofits in Boston, Medford, Somerville, and Grafton. The program was established to help address pressing community needs which may include food insecurity, emergency equipment purchases, or educational supply needs. For the Boston grants, they are focused on organizations serving our neighbors in Boston’s Chinatown, Fenway, and Mission Hill. Since applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (until funds are exhausted), interested organizations are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applicants must be registered 501(c)(3)s.

You can learn more about the program here and apply to the Boston/Grafton program here.  

Should you have any questions, you can contact Tufts University Government & Community Relations at 617-627-3780 or by email at communityrelations@tufts.edu.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities & Ways to Give

Call District 8 Elders and Neighbors 

  • Our amazing volunteers have begun calling elders and neighbors throughout District 8. If you would be up for making calls but missed the training sessions please watch this training video and email Emily.Brown2@boston.gov to be provided with phonebanking links. 
  • Specifically, if you speak Russian, we could use help reaching out to Russian-speaking elders. 

Historian’s Corner: Soldiers and Sailors Monument

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which stands in the Boston Common, honors the soldiers and sailors who died during the Civil War. The monument was designed by American sculptor Martin Milmore. At the monuments dedication on September 17, 1877, approximately 25,000 people attended, including Union Generals George B. McClellan and Joseph Hooker.  

Its inscription reads “To the men of Boston who died for their country on land and sea, in the war which kept the Union whole, destroyed slavery, and maintained the Constitution, the grateful city has built this monument, that their example may speak to coming generations.” This photograph was taken on Monday evening; the ordinary display of a flag for every Massachusetts casualty of war in our nation’s history was reduced this year in light of the ongoing public health emergency. 

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