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$500,000 more from Cummings, this time to Food Link

Food Link Inc. was selected as one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each under the Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program – second Arlington Award announced in two days. A similar grant was announced for the Arlington Youth Counseling Center on June 7.

Food Link is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that, since 2012, has collected excess fresh food and delivered it to community organizations, serving those in need throughout Eastern Massachusetts . The Arlington-based organization was chosen from a total of 580 applicants during a competitive review process.

At left, Food Link co-founder Julie Kremer, chief executive Rachel Albert, staff and volunteers pose with Cummings Foundation representative Judith Castor in front of one of Food Link’s four food rescue vehicles.

As many as 1.6 million Massachusetts residents have faced food insecurity over the past two years. Food Link saves 1.4 million pounds of food a year – the equivalent of 1.2 million meals – and distributes it to more than 80 community organizations serving 75,000 people facing food insecurity. As a result, Food Link saves 411,600 pounds of CO2 pollution, which is equivalent to taking 44 cars off the road for a year.

Rachel N. Albert
Rachel N. Albert,
Food Link Executive Director:
“The grants come at a pivotal time.”

“Food Link is immensely honored by the Cummings Foundation’s desire to make a long-term investment in our relationship-driven approach to food rescue, which emphasizes choice and the dignity of
recipients,” Rachel Albert, executive director of Food Link, said in a June 8 press release.

“This grant comes at a pivotal time as Food Link develops its strategic plan to address growing food insecurity and rising environmental stressors in Massachusetts. It’s hard to overstate the impact of knowing that we will have $50,000 a year of guaranteed funding from the Cummings Foundation as a solid foundation for our other fundraising efforts. »

The $25 million Cummings Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Thanks to this territorial initiative,
The Cummings Foundation aims to give back in areas where it has commercial property.

“We are so fortunate in Greater Boston to have such effective nonprofits, and a multitude of talented and dedicated professionals and volunteers to run them,” said Joyce Vyriotes, executive director of the Cummings Foundation. , in the press release. “We are indebted to them for the work they do every day to meet basic needs, remove barriers to education and health resources, and work for a more equitable society.”

More than 90 volunteers

With the help of approximately 90 volunteers, the Foundation first identified 140 organizations that will receive grants of at least $100,000 each. Among the winners were first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received grants from the Cummings Foundation. Forty of this latter group of recipients were then selected to have their grants elevated to 10-year scholarships ranging from $200,000 to $500,000 each.

The full list of 140 winners, plus over 900 previous winners, is available at

The Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $375 million to nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston.

Food Link is a community organization that saves fresh food, alleviates hunger and contributes to environmental sustainability. Food Link’s vision is a zero-waste food system, where everyone has enough. Food Link’s operations center is off Summer Street in Arlington and serves 55 communities in eastern Massachusetts. Learn more about Food Link on their website at

The Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to become one of New England’s largest private foundations. The foundation operates its own charitable affiliates, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn and Cummings Health Sciences LLC.

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