Changing public policies can make a substantial and positive impact in the lives of families who struggle to make ends meet. Working hand in hand with our political and community leaders, Project Bread is a champion for effective policy changes that build capacity within the region's local and sustainable food system and increases access to healthy food for all.
You can help ensure everyone has access to nutritious food— a basic right. Click "TAKE ACTION" to learn what you can do to today!
Our perspective on solutions takes into account the need to strengthen the regional food system, the rights of working adults to earn a living wage, and the right for all people in Massachusetts to have access to fresh and healthy food.
A popular belief is that minimum and low-wage jobs are predominantly held by teenagers but over 200,000 children in Massachusetts have a parent that earns less than $11 per hour.
As of October 2013, there were 501,212 MA households participating in SNAP. This number continues to grow.
In 2011, 46% of fast-food workers in Massachusetts relied on $173 million in aid (SNAP, Medicaid and EITC) to meet basic expenses every month.
Working hand in hand with the legislature and executive branch, Project Bread champions legislation that makes a big impact on the lives of low-income children and families—locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally. We also partner with higher education the medical community, and those who drive public policy in our government, all toward the goal of developing solutions, connecting smart programs with the funds they need, and advocating for legislation—to make a difference in the lives of those who are hungry.
Thank your Congressional leaders for ensuring that SNAP remains fully funded.
In Massachusetts, 1 in 9 residents receive SNAP. And in FY2016, SNAP kept 141,000 of our state’s residents out of poverty. Right now, Congress is threatening to turn SNAP into a block grant. If SNAP were to become a block grant, each state would receive a pre-determined amount to spend. States would determine who was eligible or they could decide that everyone gets lower benefits. And when the funding ran out (even if there was another economic recession), SNAP recipients would be left to fend for themselves until the next budget cycle. In other words, block grants aren’t grants – they are cuts.
Today, you can be an advocate for healthy food for all by helping to protect SNAP. Click here to send an email directly to Massachusetts Senators and Representatives, thanking them for ensuring that SNAP remains fully funded.
Project Bread is a leading advocate for effective legislation and public policy.
The Massachusetts Agenda to End Child Hunger (1990) enrolled every eligible mother, infant, and toddler in the WIC program. Universal School Breakfast (2000) and the Mass Child Hunger Initiative (2001) made breakfast free in elementary schools where 60% or more of the children were eligible for free or reduced-cost meals. One Stop Shopping (2003)—a framework for program design that has been adopted statewide—automatically enrolled children receiving SNAP into the free school meals program. The School Nutrition Bill (2010) limits the sale of unhealthy food to schoolchildren during the school day—making the healthy choice, the easy choice—and grew out of a five-years advocacy period with public health leaders, school nutrition professionals, parents, and pediatricians.
The Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network (NERAHN) is adminstered by Project Bread.
NERAHN is a coalition of agencies, administered by Project Bread, which takes a leadership role in federal policy discussions around SNAP and child nutrition. Member agencies from across the northeast and New York come together to share best practices and advocate for changes in public policy that have an impact on food resources for low-income people. Click here to learn more.
The Alliance is a key statewide organizer as the Commonwealth begins its work on a statewide food plan.
As one of 30 food and health organizations in The Massachusetts Food Policy Alliance (MFPA), Project Bread helped drive legislation to establish the Massachusetts Food Policy Council in 2010. Project Bread is an active member of the Alliance; acts as a fiscal agent; and brings together diverse stakeholders across the food system to create a sustainable, systemic, effective, and inclusive food policy for Massachusetts.
Food Policy councils bring diverse community interests to the table to take a fresh look at our local, state and regional food systems.
Project Bread was an early advocate for legislation to enact the Massachusetts Food Policy Council (2010/2011) and Executive Director Ellen Parker serves as a gubernatorial appointee, representing food insecurity issues as Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee. The Council brings diverse community interests to the table; advances food system thinking within the Commonwealth; increases production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts grown goods; and develops programs that deliver healthy Massachusetts-grown foods to state residents. The mix of experts, advocates, and ordinary people generates holistic thinking around the future of our food system.
Project Bread’s work in public policy and advocacy is changing the conversation around hunger in our state and beyond. And it is helping to evolve the way we, and others, approach the needs of the food insecure in Massachusetts. Together, we can elevate the voices of all of those who face hunger — and ensure their needs are met with dignity and efficacy.
State Representative Brian Dempsey, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, was honored as Project Bread’s Hunger Hero for his part in securing an additional $275,000 in this year’s state budget for universal school breakfasts. Dempsey received the award as he joined the students at Golden Hill Elementary School in Haverhill for breakfast. “You have people here this morning who care very much about you and want to make sure you have a good breakfast,” Dempsey encouraged the students.
Great food, conversation, and fun at this year's Let's Talk About Food Festival! Check out our recipes, and photos from the event.
This article from the New York Times Magazine details how the once-bipartisan school lunch program has become a political battleground.
Project Bread, a statewide anti-hunger organization committed to ending hunger in Massachusetts, has announced the 46th annual Walk For Hunger will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Registration is now open for the largest walk event in Massachusetts which raises awareness of the issues of hunger in the state as well as more than $3.5 million to support Project Bread.
Congresswoman Clark and Massachusetts General Hospital visited Revere Summer Food Service Program Site
The 2013 Project Bread Status Report on Hunger, Massachusetts’ annual report card on hunger, finds more than 700,000 people in the state are struggling with food insecurity, despite many other economic indicators pointing toward recovery.
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Hunger is silent. So we speak up–on Sunday May 7, 2017, join the annual movement to end hunger in Massachusetts. Money raised by participants supports more than 300 anti-hunger programs that connect people to the healthy food they deserve.
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