Get the latest updates on how Project Bread is working to end hunger in Massachusetts.
Despite Project Bread's advocacy and the urgency of this need, the USDA has yet to grant a waiver to MA which would make it possible for 217 of the 261 communities operating school meal sites during COVID-19 to continue feeding kids beyond June.
Massachusetts' current anti-hunger plan and budget to address COVID-19 hunger crisis is missing two critical pieces — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and child nutrition programs administered by school meal sites.
At Project Bread, we know that food insecurity is not caused by scarcity of food, but by systemic barriers that result in unequal access to basic necessities. We need widespread policy solutions to break down barriers through the duration of this crisis and beyond.
We continue to be focused on our programmatic response to COVID-19 in a rapidly changing landscape. Keep checking back throughout the month for more updates, but as of today, here is where we stand.
From the onset of the Covid-19 crisis Project Bread advocated at the state and federal level for Massachusetts to receive a waiver to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), a crisis response nutrition program that helps feed children in low-income households.
In this guest blog post by Sarah Cordero, one of Project Bread's Teacher Champions and an ESL teacher at the International High School in Lawrence, MA shares how her school is fighting hunger, with the help of Project Bread, during this pandemic. Last year Sarah was selected by Project Bread as a Teacher Champion for her work fighting hunger in her school district.
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