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Remembering Billy O

The Mission was saddened by the unexpected passing of former employee Billy Oranczak on September 7, 2018 at the age of 66.  Working first as a cook and later as Food Service Manager, Billy served the Mission’s clients for eight years until his retirement in 2015. Under his leadership, the kitchen and meals programs provided over 10,000 meals per month to those in need.  Believing in the power of community effort to feed hungry people, Billy formed lasting partnerships with local restaurants, grocery stores, businesses, and churches, encouraging them to provide nutritious food to the Mission at little to no cost. He established relationships with both TD Garden and the Boston Red Sox, resulting in creative and even gourmet food donations. Passionate about eradicating hunger among children, he initiated school-based food pantry programs in two lower income neighborhood schools, ensuring access to food outside of the normal school day.  A naturally gregarious person, Billy was known for his humor, transparency, and approachability.  He was rarely at a loss for words and freely shared his personal story as both a testimony and an encouragement to the Mission’s many clients and volunteers.  He enthusiastically worked with thousands of volunteers and formed meaningful, impactful relationships on behalf of the Mission.  Billy’s presence will be greatly missed.

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