Each year, Project Bread releases a status report on hunger in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
In 2003, almost everybody who was working forty hours a week in Massachusetts could expect to earn enough to cover the basics: food on the table and a roof overhead. Only those who were not working, the elderly, and those with chronic disabilities were the faces of hunger in our state.
But the Great Recession–and the attendant increase in income inequality–changed that. By 2014, a second and distinct population–low-wage workers–significantly added to the ranks of households that struggle to put food on the table. Today, the rate of household food insecurity is 71% higher than it was a decade ago, with no sign of improvement.
This report highlights their situation–and what Project Bread is doing to help.