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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

Affording Rent on $11/hr Minimum Wage

A minimum wage worker earning $11 per hour would need to work 80 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental at Fair Market Rent in Massachusetts.

Source: The National Low Income Housing Coalition

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts

Building Stronger Communities

In 2017, Project Bread invested in more than 260 community food programs in more than 90 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: 2017 Project Bread Grant Recipients

Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Children are among the most vulnerable to hunger

1 in 8 Massachusetts children is food-insecure. This is 167,450 children that don't reliably have enough food to eat.

Source: Feeding America

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

10.2% of Massachusetts households—approximately 723,000 adults and children—are food insecure.

Source: USDA-ERA 2017 Household Food Insecurity Report (released Sept 2018)

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 28,000 calls from individuals looking for assistance in 2017.

Source: Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline

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

Free and reduced-price meal programs

As of March 2017, more than 442,000 students in Massachusetts qualify for free or reduced priced school meals.  

Source: MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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 September 2017, there were 442,934 Massachusetts households participating in SNAP. 

Source: MA Department of Transitional Assistance

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.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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

Minimum Wage

If Massachusetts increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour, 18,000 households would no longer be food insecure. This represents a 7% reduction in food insecurity in the Commonwealth.

Source: The Century Foundation

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts

SNAP benefit per meal

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low-income families afford food. SNAP benefits only supplement meal costs—it doesn't cover them. The average SNAP benefit per person per meal is $1.38.

Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

SNAP Benefits

SNAP benefits provide food insecure people with increased buying power at the grocery store. SNAP also boosts local economies. Research shows that $1 of SNAP benefits actually generates $1.70 of economic activity in a community.

Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts

SNAP Helps Children

Children make up 68% of all SNAP recipients.

Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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 2017 Grant Recipients

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems

Trend

In 2017, the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts is 27% higher than it was 10 years ago.

Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Who is eating school lunch?

486,000 kids—half of all MA public school students—eat the lunch served to them in their school's cafeteria.

Filed under: Children and Schools

Who Makes a Minimum Wage

It is a common misconception that most minimum wage earners are teenagers. In fact, the average age of a minimum wage worker is 36 years old. More than 1 in 4 minimum wage earners are parents.

Source: Economic Policy Institute

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts