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)
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.