Through our FoodSource Hotline, Project Bread hears directly from hardworking Massachusetts residents who have to make impossible choices: deciding between skipping meals and paying bills or purchasing medication.
Rayna is a 47-year old single mother of three, ages 11, 15, and 19, from Acton. Although she is working full-time as a Certified Nurse's Assistant, there are times when she has to pick and choose which bills to pay just to make sure there is enough food at home for her growing kids. Wanting to lighten the burden on his mother, her 19-year-old son offered to take fewer college classes in order to find a job and help out.
"That isn't something any kid should have to do. I'm the one who is supposed to be taking care of him right now," Rayna said, not wanting to jeopardize her son's future.
Rayna called Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline after hearing about the Summer Food Service Program. Free meals for her two youngest while school is out would certainly provide some financial relief. After our Hotline Counselors pointed Rayna to the summer meal sites near her home, they asked her if she was receiving SNAP. Rayna shared that since her divorce, she had found it extremely difficult to pay her monthly mortgage and utilities, and also provide food for a family of four. It turned out that Rayna did in fact qualify for SNAP benefits, and our Counselors assisted her with her application over the phone.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline is on call to offer Massachusetts residents a hand-up out of hunger.