Project Bread collaborates with others to build a robust regional food system. All aspects of food production and distribution exist within the food system, and all of us have a seat at the table. Projects like food rescue, double value coupons at farmers markets, subsidized CSA shares, farm to school and urban ag boost community food security and wellbeing.
Project Bread’s work building sustainable food systems is a key step in our efforts to build community food security. Sustainable solutions contribute to our economic strength overall, benefit our food economies on a local level, and reliably help those who are hungry.
In 2016, Project Bread provided financial support to 24 farm and garden initiatives including urban agriculture, community gardens, and farmer training programs in 16 Massachusetts communities.
Children make up 45% of all SNAP recipients.
Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline received over 46,000 calls from individuals looking for assistance in 2014.
Project Bread is working with farmers and producers to build a coherent, fair, and environmentally sound local and regional food system strategy. It’s a win on many levels: we support local businesses, reduce our environmental impact, increase jobs; improve public health—and increase families’ access to fresh, affordable, appropriate food.
We bring local produce into the homes of low-income families with subsidized community supported agriculture.
This innovative program enables people struggling with food insecurity to access healthy food through normal channels, such as through farmers' markets, community gardens, health centers, food co-ops, local stores, etc.—supporting both households and local food economies. In 2016, Project Bread subsidized CSA shares for about 140 families in East Boston, Malden, New Bedford, and Ware. This program continues to grow, and serves to increase food security in low-income communities while simultaneously strengthening the local food economy in MA.
We enthusiastically support food rescue and food recovery programs and see these programs as an important emerging force to end hunger in MA.
Food recovery and food rescue programs are good for the environment, good for public health and can fill in important gaps in the market. We see that food rescue has to be connected with cooking and with chefs to maximize use. In MA, recovering food is about to become good business with the introduction of strong solid waste regulations for business operating in the Commonwealth.
With deep local engagement and support, we improve access to local food resources and generate positive economic activity in local communities.
Project Bread's executive director Ellen Parker was on WGBH’s Greater Boston, sharing her perspectives on ways to end hunger.
The third annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference happened on January 13th in Worcester, MA. Check out this great Boston Globe article that featured the day.
"The fact that millions of Americans don’t have enough to eat and lack access to healthy food is interconnected and linked to the ways we produce, process, distribute, and market food. At Project Bread, we’re always looking for new ways to proactively deal with hunger. Every one of us will benefit from a better food system that produces healthy, affordable, and environmentally sustainable food for all."
Project Bread’s 2014 Status Report on Hunger finds working families are the new face of hunger. Despite an economic recovery, more than 375,000 Massachusetts households still face food insecurity.
Project Bread is awarding more than $100,000 to 20 farm and urban gardening programs in 16 communities across Massachusetts. These grants, awarded during the spring planting season, are designed to help these agricultural programs start the season strongly. Each of the grantees helps provide sustainable, responsible solutions that help people get access to healthy, affordable food where they live.
Join us to help ensure that low-income communities have access to locally produced, fresh, affordable food — where hunger ends, and healthy begins.
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Hunger is silent. So we speak up–on Sunday May 7, 2017, join the annual movement to end hunger in Massachusetts. Money raised by participants supports more than 300 anti-hunger programs that connect people to the healthy food they deserve.
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