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Protect Healthy School Food
Good Food is a Basic Right

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!

Protect Healthy School Food

The Facts

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. 

Minimum Wage

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.

Households on SNAP

As of October 2013, there were 501,212 MA households participating in SNAP.  This number continues to grow.

Full time workers should earn a living wage

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.

Our Initiatives

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.

Take Action: Protect SNAP

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.

Policy Victories

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.

MA Food Policy Alliance

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.

Project Bread is one of 30 food and health organizations in the MA Food Policy Alliance.
MA Food Policy Council

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.

Making a Difference

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.

Get Involved

We’re changing the conversation, and changing lives. Join us.