Coalition of Agencies Works to End Hunger in the Northeast and New York
Boston, MA (January 28, 2015) -- Project Bread has received a $3000 grant from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) to support the Northeast Regional Anti-Hunger Network (NERAHN), a coalition of agencies devoted to ending hunger in New England and New York.
Project Bread will invest these funds to support their work to raise awareness of the extent of hunger and poverty in this area and move closer to the ultimate goal of ending hunger.
The grant will enable Project Bread to support NERAHN in sharing best practices among member agencies for advocating important changes in federal and state policy that impact the food resources for low-income people. Comprised of a minimum for two anti-hunger organizations from each state in New England and New York, NERAHN works closely with the Congressional delegations from New England and New York in advocating for these changes.
The grant will also help agencies educate the public about the reality of hunger in the region and encourage the utilization of the SNAP (food stamps), school lunch and breakfast programs, after school snack and supper programs, and summer food programs for children.
“Although the economic situation continues to improve, food insecurity remains a challenge for many families in Massachusetts and across the Northeast,” said Ellen Parker, executive director at Project Bread. “Many people working full-time for an hourly wage just can’t make ends meet every month. Our work with NERAHN allows us to reach those families and help them find the resources that make healthy food accessible. FRAC continues to be a strong supporter and a partner in our work.”
In addition to supporting NERAHN’s network of anti-hunger organizations, Project Bread pioneers innovative local and fresh initiatives that help both the individual and the community. In addition to farm and gardening solutions, Project Bread runs and supports community food programs, school nutrition initiatives, programs that make it possible for people in need to pick up food with dignity, and Food Source Hotline—a toll-free hotline that is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger. To learn about food resources in your community, call 1-800-645-8333.
About Project Bread
Project Bread is the only statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in our state. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org, www.facebook.com/projectbread, or www.twitter.com/walkforhunger.
About the Food Research and Action Center
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the lead advocacy organization working to end hunger in America through stronger public policies. For more information, visit www.frac.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/foodresearchandactioncenter or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/fractweets. FRAC’s Campaign to End Childhood Hunger aims to provide all children in this country with the good nutrition they need to be healthy, to learn, and to grow into productive adults who fulfill their potential. It is working both to raise low-income families’ incomes and to expand the reach of federal nutrition supports.
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