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Food Insecurity

In 2015, 9.7% of Massachusetts households—nearly 675,000 adults and children—were food insecure.

Source: Project Bread's 2016 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

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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

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Households on SNAP

As of October 2013, there were 501,212 MA households participating in SNAP.  This number continues to grow.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

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Minimum Wage

A popular belief is that minimum and low-wage jobs are predominantly held by teenagers but over 200,000 children in Massachusetts have a parent that earns less than $11 per hour.

Source: Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts

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Poverty Line

Nationally, more than 91% of SNAP benefits go to households with incomes below the poverty line. This is equal to $19,790 for a family of three.

Source: USDA

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SNAP Benefits

SNAP benefits provide food insecure people with increased buying power at the grocery store. SNAP also boost local economies. Research shows that $1 of SNAP benefits actually generates $1.84 of economic activity in a community.

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