Nav menu toggle
Nav menu toggle
Close nav menu

Quick Facts

Building Stronger Communities

In 2017, Project Bread invested in more than 260 community food programs in more than 90 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: 2017 Project Bread Grant Recipients

Filed under: Get the Facts, Community Solutions

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

Food Insecurity

10.3% of Massachusetts households—approximately 726,000 adults and children—are food insecure.

Source: USDA-ERA 2017 Household Food Insecurity Report (released Sept 2018)

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

FoodSource Hotline

Project Bread's Food Source Hotline received over 28,000 calls from individuals looking for assistance in 2017.

Source: Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline

Filed under: Building Sustainable Food Systems, Get Involved, Get the Facts, Community Solutions, Get Help

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

As of September 2017, there were 442,934 Massachusetts households participating in SNAP. 

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