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 2011, 46% of fast-food workers in Massachusetts relied on $173 million in aid (SNAP, Medicaid and EITC) to meet basic expenses every month.
There are more than 350,000 students eligible for free or reduced price school meals in Massachusetts.
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 2013, Project Bread helped 70 families pick up CSAs at health centers, right along with doctors, nurses, and their neighbors—and pay with their SNAP/EBT card—and also receive bilingual nutrition education and recipe cards with their box of produce.
The Alliance is a key statewide organizer as the Commonwealth begins its work on a statewide food plan.
As one of 30 food and health organizations in The Massachusetts Food Policy Alliance (MFPA), Project Bread helped drive legislation to establish the Massachusetts Food Policy Council in 2010. Project Bread is an active member of the Alliance; acts as a fiscal agent; and brings together diverse stakeholders across the food system to create a sustainable, systemic, effective, and inclusive food policy for Massachusetts.
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.
Food Policy councils bring diverse community interests to the table to take a fresh look at our local, state and regional food systems.
Project Bread was an early advocate for legislation to enact the Massachusetts Food Policy Council (2010/2011) and Executive Director Ellen Parker serves as a gubernatorial appointee, representing food insecurity issues as Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee. The Council brings diverse community interests to the table; advances food system thinking within the Commonwealth; increases production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts grown goods; and develops programs that deliver healthy Massachusetts-grown foods to state residents. The mix of experts, advocates, and ordinary people generates holistic thinking around the future of our food system.
With deep local engagement and support, we improve access to local food resources and generate positive economic activity in local communities.
"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."
Great food, conversation, and fun at this year's Let's Talk About Food Festival! Check out our recipes, and photos from the event.
We are so proud that Project Bread’s executive director, Ellen Parker, has been named a HungerHero by Food Initiatives - City of Boston.
Project Bread, a statewide anti-hunger organization committed to ending hunger in Massachusetts, has announced the 46th annual Walk For Hunger will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Registration is now open for the largest walk event in Massachusetts which raises awareness of the issues of hunger in the state as well as more than $3.5 million to support Project Bread.
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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Join us on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 for Boston's largest community building event!
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