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A safety net for summer

In 2017, with Project Bread's support, Massachusetts now operates over 1,000 summer meal sites where kids can eat free, providing a safety net from hunger when school is out of session.

Filed under: Children and Schools

Building Stronger Communities

In 2016, Project Bread invested in more than 300 community food programs in nearly 100 Massachusetts communities—including food pantries, community meal programs, food vouchers at health centers, summer meals for kids, subsidized CSA shares, community farm and gardens, and food rescue programs.

Source: 2016 Project Bread Grant Recipents

Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Children are among the most vulnerable to hunger

1 in 7 Massachusetts children are food insecure, this is approximately 187,290 children that don't reliably have enough food to eat.

Filed under: Get the Facts, Children and Schools

Everything starts with school breakfast

Students who consistently start their day with a healthy meal had an average 17.5% increase in their standardized math scores over students who skip breakfast.

Source: Share Our Strength

Filed under: Get the Facts, Children and Schools

Food Insecurity

In 2015, 9.7% of Massachusetts households—nearly 675,000 adults and children—were food insecure.

Source: Project Bread's 2016 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

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Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, The Walk for Hunger, Donor, Quick Facts

FoodSource Hotline

Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline received over 46,000 calls from individuals looking for assistance in 2014.

Source: Project Bread - FoodSource Hotline

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Get Involved, Get the Facts, Community Solutions, Get Help

For low-income students, healthy school food matters

More than 400,000 students in Massachusetts rely on school meals for half of their daily nutrients.

Filed under: Get the Facts, Children and Schools, Quick Facts

Free and Reduced Meal Programs

More than 400,000 students in Massachusetts qualify for free or reduced priced school meals.  

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2015)

Full time workers should earn a living wage

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.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts

Households on SNAP

As of October 2013, there were 501,212 MA households participating in SNAP.  This number continues to grow.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, Community Solutions, Quick Facts

Kids count on summer meals

Last year, an average of 60,000 meals were served each day to kids across the state through the Summer Meals program.

Filed under: Get the Facts, Children and Schools, Quick Facts

Minimum Wage

A popular belief is that minimum and low-wage jobs are predominantly held by teenagers but over 200,000 children in Massachusetts have a parent that earns less than $11 per hour.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts

Poverty Line

Nationally, more than 91% of SNAP benefits go to households with incomes below the poverty line. This is equal to $19,790 for a family of three.

Source: USDA

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Rate of Food Insecure Households Using Food Pantries

Not suprisingly, only an estimated 28% of food insecure households nationally used food pantries in 2015. Project Bread advocates for a broad set of solutions to hunger that meet people with dignity and ultimatly aim to "shorten the line."

Source: Project Bread's 2016 Status Report on Hunger

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Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions, Quick Facts

SNAP Benefits

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.

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts

SNAP Helps Children

Children make up 45% of all SNAP recipients.

Source: USDA

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Community Solutions

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. 

Source: Project Bread 2016 Grant Recipients

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems

Trend

In 2012, 11.4% of Massachusetts households, over 700,000 adults and children, were food insecure. This is up almost 40% since the beginning of the recession, and almost 80% since 2000.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts (2013)

Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Whose eating school lunch?

490,000 kids—half of all MA public school students—eat the lunch served to them in their school's cafeteria.

Filed under: Children and Schools