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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 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

COVID-19 Impact

In June 16.6% of MA household reported experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic. Up from 8.4% in 2019.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey

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Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, For the Media

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 Insecurity

8.4% of households in MA were food insecure in 2019. This is a decline over the previous year (9.3%), but  shows an even more dramatic increase in food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, 16.6% at the end of July.

Source: USDA-ERA 2019 Household Food Insecurity Report (released Sept 2020)

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Get the Facts, The Walk for Hunger, Donor, Quick Facts

FoodSource Hotline

In 2019, our FoodSource Hotline made 29,289 referrals to critical food resources for households experiencing food insecurity. 

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.

Source: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Meal Claims

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

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

As of April 2020, 520,762 households in MA rely on SNAP benefits to help them afford an adequate diet.

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 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

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