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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

Project Bread provided $1 million in support to community-based programs across the state helping low-income residents access and afford healthy food, every day.

Source: Project Bread's 2018 Community Investments Impact Report

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Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions

Children are among the most vulnerable to hunger

1 in 9 kids in Massachusetts is food-insecure.

Source: Feeding America

Filed under: Get the Facts, Teacher Champions, 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 Insecure Residents in MA

Hunger is pervasive in Massachusetts. In 2017, 720,000 people, or 1 in 10 MA residents, don't have enough to eat

Source: USDA-ERA 2017 Household Food Insecurity Report

Filed under: Get the Facts

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

In 2018, Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline responded to 21,455 calls from residents experiencing food insecurity. These calls came from all over the state, covering 90% of Massachusetts cities and towns.

Source: Project Bread's 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, Teacher Champions, Children and Schools, Quick Facts

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

445,664 households in MA rely on SNAP benefits to help them afford an adequate diet. 91% of SNAP recipients are children, seniors, or residents with a disability.

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

231,400 pounds of locally grown fresh produce was provided to low-income residents with funding to farm & garden initiatives through our 2018 Community Program Grants.

Source: Project Bread 2017 Grant Recipients

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems

Teachers are taking on hunger

Concerned about the negative impact hunger can have on their students’ educational outcomes, Teacher Champions are running weekend backpack programs, school-based pantries, gardens, even purchasing extra food to keep in their classroom.

Filed under: Teacher Champions

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