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We continue to be focused on our programmatic response to COVID-19 in a rapidly changing landscape. Keep checking back for more updates, but as of today, here is where we stand.
Hunger and food resources for Massachusetts households, children and families during COVID-19 crisis and closures.
On August 12, 2019, The Trump Administration released their final version of changes to the "public charge" rule, adding SNAP participation as a consideration against those seeking a green card, an extension or a change to their temporary status in the US. In October, judges in three states issued temporary injunctions preventing the rule from being enforced until legal challenges were resolved. However, on January 27th, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to allow the “public charge” rule to implemented. This decision does not invalidate the legal challenges still pending in lower courts.
In the past few years, East Boston has become a new frontier for luxury real estate development, resulting in a sharp spike in cost of living and a rapidly widening income gap. This, exacerbated by a political climate hostile toward immigrants in the U.S. is making it difficult, if not impossible, for many long-time residents of the neighborhood to afford food and other basic needs.
When given the chance, students have a lot to say about their school lunch, and we can learn a lot by listening. Project Bread's Chef Sam interviewed students during their lunch period to learn more about how we can continue to make lasting changes to improve the quality of their school meals.
Tens of thousands of kids in Massachusetts live in food insecure households. For students who start their day hungry, school breakfast can be the difference between sitting unfocused at their desk and a productive day of learning. That’s why school breakfast is so important, and why Project Bread has awarded $123,000 in grants— along with our expertise and support—to help schools implement “Breakfast After the Bell”. A school breakfast model proven to dramatically increase participation by as much as 80%.