Project Bread Board Chair and Chief of Pediatrics at Mass General Hospital, Ronald Kleinman shares his thoughts on food insecurity, offering a thorough depiction of how low food security influences health outcomes of children in Massachusetts. His thoughts highlight the importance of our work. Donate now
Food insecurity is a solvable public health problem.
Hunger can be an invisible problem in our society, but one place it never hides is in children. Children are more vulnerable to the impacts of hunger, which shows in their diminished short- and long-term health. A child living in a food-insecure home is 31% more likely to be hospitalized than a child who has adequate access to healthy food.
Organic produce is expensive. Local organic produce? Even pricier.
For those living on a fixed income, farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and the like are simply out of the question. A tomato sold at a farmers market, for example, carries a much higher price tag than that of its grocery store equivalent, putting it “back on the shelf” for many lower-income shoppers.
“All done over here!” exclaimed Kristina after the last bed of broccoli had been planted. The other volunteers looked up and smiled, wiping dirt from their hands as the hot July sun beat down on their backs.
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Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline received over 28,000 calls from individuals looking for assistance in FY 2017.
Project Bread hosts Dimock Head Start and Boston Latin School Youth CAN at Fenway Farms