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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: 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 2018, approximately 620,000 people, or 1 in 11 MA residents, didn't have enough to eat.

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

Filed under: Get the 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 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

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

In 2019, an average of 57,000 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