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Affording Rent on $12.75/hr Minimum Wage

A minimum wage worker earning $12.75 per hour would need to work 91 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental at Fair Market Rent in Massachusetts.

Source: The National Low Income Housing Coalition

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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

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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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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)

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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

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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

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Minimum Wage

If Massachusetts increased its minimum wage to $15 per hour, 18,000 households would no longer be food insecure. This represents a 7% reduction in food insecurity in the Commonwealth.

Source: The Century Foundation

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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

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Who Makes a Minimum Wage

It is a common misconception that most minimum wage earners are teenagers. In fact, the average age of a minimum wage worker is 35 years old. More than 1 in 4 minimum wage earners are parents.

Source: Economic Policy Institute

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