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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

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts

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)

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

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.

Source: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Meal Claims

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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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Kids count on summer meals

In 2019, an average of 56,438 kids ate meals each day through the Summer Meals program in Massachusetts. 

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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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

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts

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

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts