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Quick Facts

Affording Rent on $11/hr Minimum Wage

A minimum wage worker earning $11 per hour would need to work 80 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

1 in 11 Massachusetts households are without reliable access to a suffient quality of affordable, nutritious food. 

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

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.

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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

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Kids count on summer meals

Last year, an average of 60,000 meals were served each day to kids across the state through the Summer Meals program.

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

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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 36 years old. More than 1 in 4 minimum wage earners are parents.

Source: Economic Policy Institute

Filed under: Informing Public Policy, Poverty, Quick Facts