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Building sustainable food systems

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.

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The Facts

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.

Strengthening Local Food Systems

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. 

SNAP Helps Children

Children make up 45% of all SNAP recipients.

FoodSource Hotline

Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline received over 26,000 calls from individuals looking for assistance in Fiscal Year 2017.


Our Initiatives

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.


Healthy Shares CSA

We bring local produce into the homes of low-income families with subsidized community supported agriculture.

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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.

CSAs are boxes of local produce that are delivered weekly to a central location.
Food Recovery and Rescue

We enthusiastically support food rescue and food recovery programs and see these programs as an important emerging force to end hunger in MA.

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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.


Making a Difference

With deep local engagement and support, we improve access to local food resources and generate positive economic activity in local communities.



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Join us to help ensure that low-income communities have access to locally produced, fresh, affordable food — where hunger ends, and healthy begins.