In the past few years, East Boston has become a new frontier for luxury real estate development, resulting in a sharp spike in cost of living and a rapidly widening income gap. This, exacerbated by a political climate hostile toward immigrants in the U.S. is making it difficult, if not impossible, for many long-time residents of the neighborhood to afford food and other basic needs.
When given the chance, students have a lot to say about their school lunch, and we can learn a lot by listening. Click the "Sound Bites" to hear what kids had to say about their school lunch, and most importantly, why it matters!
Tens of thousands of kids in Massachusetts live in food insecure households. For students who start their day hungry, school breakfast can be the difference between sitting unfocused at their desk and a productive day of learning. That’s why school breakfast is so important, and why Project Bread has awarded $123,000 in grants— along with our expertise and support—to help schools implement “Breakfast After the Bell”. A school breakfast model proven to dramatically increase participation by as much as 80%.
Less than half of low-income students eat school breakfast on a daily basis. Passing breakfast after the bell legislation would increased access to over 150,000 students!
In this milestone year—recognizing 50 years of action against hunger in MA—we provided $1M of support to programs across MA helping hungry people in their communities. We made more than 30K referrals connecting residents to local food resources. We expanded access to summer meals for kids while school is out, resulting in more than 2.5M meals served and we improved the quality of school meals for more than 14.4K students in high-need districts.
Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline received over 28,000 calls from individuals looking for assistance in FY 2017.