At the height of the recession in 2011, food insecurity was at its peak in Massachusetts at 11.9%. Now, with unemployment at a 15-year low, we expect to see a similar decline in food insecuirty. But at 9.7%, food insecurity is still 24% higher than it was a decade ago. And the very low food security rate is 50% higher. Today, 1 in 10 households in Massaachusetts are food insecure.
And while more people are working, their income doesn't keep up with the basic costs of living—such as housing and child care—and too many households are forced to cut back on consistent, nutritious meals.
This report highlights their situation–and what Project Bread is doing to help.