Each year, Project Bread releases a status report on hunger in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Income inequality is not a new phenomenon. But over the last ten years, as the number of high-paying technology jobs have increased and the number of manufacturing jobs have dwindled, the gap between rich and poor has increased at an accelerated pace.
The chronically homeless, the newly homeless through foreclosure, the unemployed, the unemployed who have exhausted benefits, the under-employed, the elderly, children, and immigrants — these groups are just some of the people behind the statistics of the other Massachusetts who find that hard work isn’t always enough.
This report looks at people struggling with hunger in Massachusetts and poses solutions that reflect the latest thinking. The new thinking in hunger relief emphasizes community solutions, such as school food, SNAP, community gardens, co-ops and farmers’ markets, and summer food programs — all of which sustain the neighborhood as well as the individual.