December 14 2018,  Malden,  Peabody

Bread of Life Hosts Annual Christmas Day Free Community Dinner

Event sponsored by Temple Tiferet Shalom of Peabody


All are welcome at Bread of Life’s annual Christmas Day Dinner on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 from 12 – 2 pm at Malden High School, 77 Salem Street. The dinner is free of charge and open to anyone in need or alone for the holiday, including families and senior citizens. No reservations are needed. Guests will enjoy a special holiday meal of roast beef, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, bread, dessert, juice, tea & coffee. Guests may enter from Ferry Street or through the rightmost entrance on Salem Street. The site is handicap accessible.

The annual dinner is sponsored by Project Ezra volunteers Dr. Ed & Dr. Jon Weiner & friends, Temple Tiferet Shalom of Peabody and Congregation Agudas Achim Ezrath Israel of Malden, and the office of Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. The event provides about 900 meals, including meals delivered to senior citizens and homeless families.

The goal of Project Ezra, begun in the early 1980s under the sponsorship of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, is to have synagogue members help out at hospitals, homeless shelters, food kitchens, and other social service sites so that Christian staff can spend the Christmas holiday with their families.

“For the past 36 years, Dr. Ed (who was later joined by his son Dr. Jon) have organized the volunteers for this dinner – and they are all fantastic!” said Gabriella Snyder Stelmack, Executive Director of Bread of Life. “They come in at 1:30 am to start peeling potatoes, cooking and doing everything to make it a wonderful event of community togetherness for every guest.” The father-son duo recruit their synagogue members, friends, co-workers and family to volunteer each year. They also donate bags of toiletries for each guest and raise a few thousand dollars to buy all the food and supplies needed for the dinner.

In addition, the husband-wife team of Paul Mongeau and Joan Meader will once again coordinate volunteer drivers to deliver over 600 meals to senior citizens who are unable to leave their homes.

Bread of Life welcomes volunteers to help in these areas:

  • Volunteer to deliver meals to senior citizens 10am – 1:30pm by emailing Joan at:
  • Volunteer to help clean up and transport leftovers 2pm – 5pm by calling the BOL office at 781-397-0404 or emailing:

Bread of Life is a faith-based nonprofit organization based in Malden that brings  together over 500 volunteers from its 46 partner organizations and the community at large to provide over 1 million meals per year to neighbors who are low-income, unemployed, homeless, senior citizens or disabled. Services include evening meals held four nights a week in Malden; food pantries serving residents of Malden, Everett, Medford, Melrose, Saugus, Stoneham, Reading, N. Reading, Wakefield and Winchester; grocery delivery to senior citizens in public housing in Malden, Everett, Melrose and Medford; and food delivery to at-risk teens and homeless families sheltered in local motels. For more information, see

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