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Quick Facts

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

Children are among the most vulnerable to hunger

1 in 5 households with kids in Massachusetts is food-insecure.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, 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

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.

Source: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Meal Claims

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

Filed under: Children and Schools

Kids count on summer meals

In 2019, an average of 56,438 kids ate meals each day through the Summer Meals program in Massachusetts. 

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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

Who is eating school lunch?

491,000 kids—over half of all MA students—eat the lunch served to them in their school's cafeteria.

Source: MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Filed under: Children and Schools