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Hunger is a complex problem that requires multiple solutions. Read on to better understand some of the more common anti-hunger terms used to reframe the issue.

Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP)

The Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) works to increase participation in two underutilized federal child nutrition programs in Massachusetts, the School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program.

Filed under: Children and Schools

School Meals

School Meals include the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. Low-income families with school-aged children can qualify for either reduced-price or free school meals depending on household income.

Filed under: Children and Schools

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free meals to children 18 and under when school is out of session. No registration or identification is needed to attend any of the 500+ open meal sites in Massachusetts. These "food and fun" programs are located at schools, parks, pools, neighborhood centers, and social service organizations. They serve a combination of breakfast, lunch, or snack throughout the summer.

Filed under: Children and Schools


WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a health, nutrition education, and hunger prevention program for pregnant women, infants, and children up to age five. WIC participants receive supplemental foods through a monthly package of vouchers, tailored to meet their special dietary needs.

Filed under: Community Solutions, Children and Schools, Get Help