Wednesday - June 22, 2022
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

The MMA Human Services Council will host its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 22, at the Lexington Community Center at 39 Marrett Road in Lexington.

The MMA Human Services Council will host its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 22, at the Lexington Community Center.

The meeting will feature a discussion about living in a post-pandemic world, covering topics such as food insecurity and inflation.

Catalina López-Ospina, vice president of engagement for Project Bread, will open the meeting with a discussion about trends in food insecurity. She will discuss how families and individuals are coping with the high cost of groceries caused by inflation, and ways that communities can support families who may be experiencing food insecurity for the first time.

A panel will then discuss the work they are doing to address food insecurity and inflation. Panelists will include State Representative Danillo Sena, Pat Baker, senior policy analyst with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and Jill Tsakiris, program manager for Open Table in Maynard.

MMA HSC President Laura Ducharme, the community services coordinator in Acton, will provide an association update.

The cost to attend the meeting, which includes breakfast and a morning snack, is $25 for HSC members and $30 for nonmembers. (Anyone who has not paid their HSC FY22 dues by June 21 will be charged the nonmember rate.) Payment can be made by cash or check at the meeting, and checks should be made out to MMA HSC. Payment can also be mailed to Acton Town Hall, ℅ Laura Ducharme, 472 Main St., Acton, MA 01720. Those who register online will receive a confirmation email that says a zero balance is due. Please ignore this automated response; it is incorrect and cannot be changed.

The MMA currently requires attendees of in-person events to show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID (card, photo or QR code). (Religious or medical vaccine exemptions are allowed with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours.) Masks are optional. These safety protocols are subject to change based on the latest public health data and guidance.

The cancellation deadline for non-COVID related cancellations is June 21.


9:30 a.m.
Networking, Breakfast and Registration

10 a.m.
Keynote: Living in a Post Pandemic World
Catalina López-Ospina, Vice President of Engagement, Project Bread

11 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Initiatives on the Ground to Address Food Insecurity and Inflation
Pat Baker, Senior Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Jill Tsakiris, Program Manager, Open Table Maynard

12:30 p.m.

Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington

MMA Senior Member Services Coordinator Isabelle Nichols Jenkins,
MMA Human Services Council