Project Bread partners with health centers around the state as a means of protecting children from hunger and its effects.
Families feel safe and respected when they ask for help at a health center. They can discuss their struggles to make ends meet and their deep concerns about being able to feed their children well and keep them healthy. Project Bread trains clinicians in 15 health centers statewide to identify people in need, raise awareness about the FoodSource Hotline, provide food vouchers, and connect people to Project Bread’s two full-time SNAP outreach coordinators for application assistance. An astounding 11% of families in Massachusetts’ health centers screened positive for severe food insecurity.
In 2016, our partnered healthcare professionals prescribed 2,000 emergency food vouchers to patients that screened as food-insecure and referred them to Project Bread to enroll in SNAP. Through these referrals, we leveraged $2.5 million in SNAP benefits for their patients.
For information on how hospitals can help those in need, download the "Hunger in the Community: Ways Hospitals Can Help" hospital handbook.