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THE STATUS REPORT ON HUNGER IN MASSACHUSETTS

Each year, Project Bread releases a status report on hunger in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2016 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts
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Hunger is a complex problem and as you will read in our 2016 Status Report on hunger in Massachusetts, the face of hunger has changed—it affects people of all ages and circumstances. Addressing hunger calls for multiple solutions like healthy meals at school, learning to cook and budget, subsidized groceries instead of no-cost groceries, home delivered meals for elders and subsidized CSA shares. Food pantries still play an important role within this diversified portfolio of help, but we believe there is a better approach. At Project Bread, we work every day to shorten the line in order to open up more dignified and equitable options for people who want a hand up, not a hand out.
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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.

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