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Building Stronger Communities

Project Bread provided $1 million in support to community-based programs across the state helping low-income residents access and afford healthy food, every day.

Source: Project Bread's 2018 Community Investments Impact Report

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Filed under: 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 2017, 720,000 people, or 1 in 10 MA residents, don't have enough to eat

Source: USDA-ERA 2017 Household Food Insecurity Report

Filed under: Get the Facts

Food Insecurity

1 in 11 Massachusetts households are without reliable access to a suffient quality of affordable, nutritious food. 

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

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

Full time workers should earn a living wage

In 2011, 46% of fast-food workers in Massachusetts relied on $173 million in aid (SNAP, Medicaid and EITC) to meet basic expenses every month.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

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

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

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

Trend

In 2017, the food insecurity rate in Massachusetts is 27% higher than it was 10 years ago.

Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions