Eastie’s Depaulo Joins Staff at Project Bread

East Boston based Project Bread announced last week it has added two new administrators to the state’s leading anti-hunger organization team, one of which is an Eastie resident.

Sheila DePaulo, of East Boston has been hired as an Assistant Operations Manager and Gabrielle Farrell has been hired as a Communications Associate in Public Relations.

DePaulo will fulfill a number of responsibilities from scheduling and bookkeeping to training employees and greeting Project Bread’s clients.

“I wanted to work for an organization that was actually doing something to change people’s lives,” said DePaulo. “At Project Bread, everyone is so driven, and the energy is so positive. You just feel it.”

DePaulo is a long-time resident of East Boston with her husband, Thomas DePaulo, President of Meridian Insurance Agency and former Chamber President. Their son Giovanni, 17, and daughter Ava, 15, both attend Boston Latin School.

“East Boston has so much to offer, it’s been a great place to live,” said DePaulo. “And of course there are fabulous eateries; no matter what you’re craving there’s a great restaurant in East Boston to satisfy. At Project Bread, the staff often works late, especially during the Walk for Hunger season, so I look forward to becoming their ‘go-to’ person for recommendations on ordering out.”

In her new role, Farrell, a Mattapan resident will conduct media and community outreach in hopes of making the public aware of the new solutions in hunger relief spearheaded by Project Bread.

“I always knew that my purpose was to help others,” said Farrell. “I’ve done The Walk for Hunger and now it’s a thrilling to know that I can now help secure access to healthy food within my own community and throughout the state through Project Bread’s innovative approach to hunger relief.”

Farrell was a Crimson Summer Academy scholar at Harvard University in 2004. She received a full-tuition leadership scholarship from the Posse Foundation in 2008 and is mentored by Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts. The Posse Foundation was one of the ten organizations to which President Obama donated his Noble Peace Prize award.

While working toward her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, she participated in the Boston Lawyers Group, interning at both Ropes & Gray LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP.

“We’re pleased to welcome Gabrielle to our award-winning Communications team,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “She has an intuitive understanding of the importance of our work and is the kind of young leader we want to mentor and promote.”

As the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. Through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread provides millions of dollars each year in privately donated funds to support over 430 community food programs throughout Eastie and Massachusetts.

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