Hunger is preventable. And the Project Bread community is committed to ending hunger in Massachusetts. While we are proud of our work, we have much more to do. Today, please support Project Bread this #GivingTuesday.
In my first eight weeks as President of Project Bread, I have become only more inspired by the work that we do, in partnership with our community, to prevent and end hunger here in Massachusetts. I am asking you to support our efforts this #GivingTuesday.
In Massachusetts, 726,000 people are challenged by hunger on a daily basis. That is 1 in 10 households - in one of our nation's wealthiest states - facing food insecurity every day. How can that be and what can be done to eradicate it?
First, we need to change the public perception of hunger. We cannot see hunger, making it an often a forgotten issue. But those who face hunger know that it is more complicated than simply a lack of food. Hunger is stigmatizing, it impacts the ability to grow and thrive in day-to-day life, and it means always worrying about having enough money to purchase an adequate amount of healthy food.
Successfully preventing and ending hunger cannot be achieved by only offering food to those without it. It also depends on addressing the losing combination of low wages and the high cost of living in our state. Equally important is the quality of the food that is accessible for everyone. The opposite of hungry is not full, it's healthy. While realizing this vision won't be easy or quick, it is within our reach.
For 50 years, Project Bread has led the fight to prevent and end hunger in Massachusetts with a holistic and multi-pronged approach. We provide access to affordable, healthy food to those who are hungry today, through programs such as SNAP, school breakfast and summer meals; and we drive systemic change to eradicate the causes of hunger, through education, engagement, and advocacy.
Hunger is preventable. And the Project Bread community is committed to ending hunger here in Massachusetts. While we are proud of our work, we have more to do. Much more. We continue to rely on innovative thinking and engaged partners, communities, and individuals - like you. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing updates on the initiatives we are undertaking and our progress in preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts.
Today, please support Project Bread this Giving Tuesday, and help us make good food a basic right – for everyone.
Author(s): Erin McAleer, President of Project Bread