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Quick Facts

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

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

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

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