Project Bread anticipates and responds to immediate needs in our communities with emergency and short-term programs — provided with dignity and kindness. We also connect people to local food resources and enable them to participate in their local food economies and the marketplace.
Community solutions are an important resource for the 700,000 people across the state who struggle with food insecurity, including our most vulnerable populations — children, working-poor families, immigrants, the disabled, and seniors.
Children make up 45% of all SNAP recipients.
SNAP benefits provide food insecure people with increased buying power at the grocery store. SNAP also boost local economies. Research shows that $1 of SNAP benefits actually generates $1.84 of economic activity in a community.
From 2003-2013, the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts has increased by 71%, and it's stayed there.
In 2014, Project Bread invested more than $5 million in community based programs, food pantries, health centers, summer meal programs, elder meal programs, our FoodSource Hotline and more—all to reach the state's most vulnerable populations: children, working poor families, immigrants, and seniors—and to bolster our local food economies.
In 2014, we invested more than $1.7 million in over 121 communities to help those struggling with food insecurity, and strengthen our local food economies.
Funds raised throughout the year help support over 400 community food programs—soup kitchens, food pantries, food vouchers at health centers, summer meals, subsidized CSA shares, community gardens, double-value farmers market coupons, food service programs, etc.—in over 121 communities across Massachusetts. Food pantries and congregate meals in community centers, religious centers, and other locations provide immediate assistance for those in need.
Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline counselors answer more than 46,000 calls a year from hungry people in Massachusetts.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline connects food insecure people with public resources and local help, in order to help them find the right solutions for their needs. The Hotline answered over 46,000 callers from across Massachusetts in 2012, and is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger.
Counselors connect callers to a multitude of available resources in their community, including food pantries, congregate meal sites, school meals, and summer meal sites for kids, elder meal programs, and WIC. When relevant, FoodSource Hotline counselors also connect callers with other resources such as utility and fuel assistance, and MassHealth. Most importantly, our counselors can start SNAP applications for eligible residents right over the phone. Click here to get help.
SNAP (food stamps) is the cornerstone of the nation’s nutrition safety net.
Project Bread is dedicated to removing barriers and increasing access to SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps). The program helps low-income workers stretch their food budget, buy healthy food, stay independent, and maintain their dignity. Through our FoodSource Hotline, Project Bread provides over 46,000 callers a year with information about SNAP and helps them with the application process. GettingSNAP.org—a bilingual resource created by Project Bread—helps 650,000 unique visitors annually determine their eligibility. And SNAP is good for local economies: every SNAP dollar spent generates $1.84 of economic activity.
The Food for Seniors program provides immediate hunger relief through food vouchers.
Good nutrition is essential for older people: it shields them against a range of debilitating conditions. Project Bread provides immediate hunger relief through food vouchers—gift cards that can be used at local grocery stores—as well as help to homebound elders. And we help assure continuous nutrition by assisting them in SNAP enrollment.
We also help seniors take full advantage of the Massachusetts Elderly Nutrition Program, connecting them with resources like congregate meals that help to expand their food budgets. Click here to get help.
Project Bread works to emphasize and ensure that good nutrition is an important facet of personal health care.
Families feel safe and respected when they ask for help at a health center. They can discuss their struggles to make ends meet and their deep concerns about being able to feed their children well and keep them healthy. Project Bread trains clinicians in over 24 health centers statewide to identify people in need, raise awareness about the FoodSource Hotline, provide food vouchers, and connect people to Project Bread’s two full-time SNAP outreach coordinators for application assistance. An astounding 11% of families in Massachusetts’ health centers screened positive for severe food insecurity.
To learn more, download the "Hunger in the Community: Ways Hospitals Can Help" hospital handbook.
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.
School meals are one of the best ways to ensure that low-income school children receive the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and thrive.
To transform school meals and maximize their benefits, Project Bread works to fully enroll low-income children in federal nutrition programs, improve the quality of the food served, and teach school food (and preschool!) kitchen staff and parents how to prepare nutritious, fresh meals on a limited budget—food that children will enjoy—and food that will start them on a lifetime of healthier eating habits. Learn more.
Project Bread's Chef Vanessa teaches two, FREE healthy cooking classes in THE KITCHEN at Boston Public Market every Thursday.
Free Healthy Cooking Classes on a Budget at the Boston Public Market
Chef Vanessa LaBranche is in THE KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market every Thursday creating simple, yet mouth-watering dishes from the bounty of the season—on a budget every family can embrace.
Attendees will learn how to prepare easy, tasty recipes that do not require much time, skill or money to prepare. Classes are FREE, open to all, and accessible by public transporation.
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Home Cooking Without a Kitchen offers recipes that are budget conscious, kid-friendly, nutritious, and do not require a full kitchen.
In this tough economy, many low-income families have lost their jobs and their housing. Currently, there are over 2,000 homeless families residing in hotel and motel rooms across Massachusetts. Most of these families have access to little more than a microwave and a bathroom sink to prepare healthy meals for their children. In response, Project Bread is making Home Cooking Without a Kitchen, available for homeless families residing in hotels.
This cookbook, available in English and Spanish, includes tips for cooking grains and fresh vegetables in a microwave, a suggested 3-day meal plan, information on microwave safe containers, and recipes that are budget conscious, kid-friendly, nutritious, and do not require a kitchen.
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We believe that everyone should have sustainable, reliable access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food. Working together, we actively promote and connect the most vulnerable populations in our state with established and effective anti-hunger programs in our communities.
Great food, conversation, and fun at this year's Let's Talk About Food Festival! Check out our recipes, and photos from the event.
When school is out, many school districts and an array of nonprofit partners step up to offer healthy summer meals through USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option.
This holiday season, with every meal we donate, let's remember to dish up a good portion of dignity and hope.
Partners HealthCare is helping provide nutritious meals to more than 12,000 low-income children a day in the Greater Boston Area over the summer. Working in partnership with the Child Nutrition Outreach Program and Project Bread, Partners is awarding $35,000 to Summer Food Service Program locations in 9 communities including Boston, Brighton, Dorchester, Haverhill, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Waltham, and West Roxbury.
Massachusetts will join with other states across the nation in recognizing National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) March 2-6 2015.
Join us in our fresh approach as we work to break the cycle of hunger. We’re changing lives, with your support.
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