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A safety net for summer

In 2019, with Project Bread's support, Massachusetts now operates over 1,100 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 $12/hr Minimum Wage

A minimum wage worker earning $12 per hour would need to work 91 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 2019 Project Bread provided 413 grants totaling $1,016,404 to support community-based programs across the state and statewide initiatives that give more children reliable access to healthy food every day.

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, 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 2018, approximately 620,000 people, or 1 in 11 MA residents, didn't have enough to eat.

Source: USDA-ERA 2018 Household Food Insecurity Report (released Sept 2019)

Filed under: Get the 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 2018, an hourly wage of $18.13 qualified as a living wage for a two-parent household in Massachusetts with two children and both parents working.

Source: MIT - Living Wage Calculator

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

In 2019, an average of 57,000 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 Families with Children

More than 56% of SNAP participants in Massachusetts are families with children.

Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Community Solutions

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

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