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Building Stronger Communities

In 2016, Project Bread invested in more than 300 community food programs in nearly 100 Massachusetts communities—including food pantries, community meal programs, food vouchers at health centers, summer meals for kids, subsidized CSA shares, community farm and gardens, and food rescue programs.

Source: 2016 Project Bread Grant Recipents

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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

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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

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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 Insecure Households Using Food Pantries

Not suprisingly, only an estimated 28% of food insecure households nationally used food pantries in 2015. Project Bread advocates for a broad set of solutions to hunger that meet people with dignity and ultimatly aim to "shorten the line."

Source: Project Bread's 2016 Status Report on Hunger

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SNAP Helps Children

Children make up 45% of all SNAP recipients.

Source: USDA

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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)

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