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Communities

Project Bread is funding over 400 programs in more than 120 communities across Massachusetts in 2013, providing over $2 million in support for a diverse range of solutions.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Food Insecure Children

16.5% of children in Massachusetts are food insecure.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, Children and Schools

Food Insecurity

In 2013, 10.6% of Massachusetts households—nearly 700,000 adults and children—were food insecure.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions

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

Free and Reduced Meal Programs

There are more than 350,000 students eligible for free or reduced price school meals in Massachusetts.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (2012)

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Children and Schools, Community Solutions, Get Help

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: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, Community Solutions, Quick 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

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, Get the Facts, Children and Schools, 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

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Rate of Food Insecurity

From 2003-2013, the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts has increased by 71%, and it's stayed there.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, 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, Community Solutions, Children and Schools

SNAP Helps Children

Children make up 45% of all SNAP recipients.

Source: USDA

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Community Solutions

Test Scores

According to Share Our Strength, there is an average 17.5% increase in standardized math scores from students who consistently start their day with a healthy meal.

Source: Share Our Strength

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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