2021 Annual Report

Big, bold, solutions to hunger in Massachusetts

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2021 Annual Report
Yellow Stars Single Your Advocacy

You were an advocate to help people in crisis.

To rapidly get food—and financial aid for food—to individuals and families facing hunger, Project Bread called for swift political action. Our calls were heard, and temporary policies were enacted that broke down barriers during the crisis to help people access and afford food. Food insecurity decreased, proving these policies can solve hunger.

It took the scale of the COVID hunger crisis to enact some of the big, bold policy that Project Bread has been advocating for, for years.


Food insecurity sharply decreased.

Evidence that the solutions Project Bread leads on—federal nutrition programs capable of providing a statewide safety net against food insecurity—can and will solve hunger.

A chart that shows how the timing of federal aid impacts food insecurity. Rates of food insecurity were lowest when 3-4 federal assistance programs were simultaneously active.

You embolden us.

While you helped hundreds of thousands of individuals and families this year meet their most basic need—food—you are also working to make temporary policies that effectively broke down barriers to food access permanent.  One thing we have learned during the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic is that we definitively have the solutions that can end hunger... if we can be bold enough to enact them.

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Yellow Stars Single Increasing Access to SNAP


While informing policy that enabled more people to enroll in SNAP and receive higher benefit amounts, helping more people afford food with dignity.

Launching our data and research department

SNAP—The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—is the #1 food assistance program helping households during the pandemic. Your support made it possible to release research identifying inequities in access to SNAP, launch our research and data department to analyze food insecurity trends—using it to influence and shape public policy to remove barriers to SNAP—and provide statewide resources that increase equity in food access.

Identifying barriers to SNAP

You funded research to dismantle barriers to SNAP

Released August 2021, these timely findings have informed our policy recommendations throughout the pandemic—and our own approach—to dismantle barriers that persist for those eligible but not enrolled, that may contribute to SNAP’s underutilization.

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We used these findings to inform our approach and took actions to eliminate these barriers preventing eligible households from receiving SNAP.

Removing barriers to SNAP

$1 million invested in SNAP outreach

To address misinformation, normalize needing help, and reach potentially eligible households,  we invested in state-wide multi-lingual, public awareness & outreach campaigns to reach potentially eligible households.

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20 SNAP trainings

to schools, state agencies, and health centers to promote SNAP and Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline.

17,543 food assistance calls

 answered by our state-wide FoodSource Hotline that can support callers in 180 languages.

4,394 households

screened for SNAP. A 33% increase from 2 years ago.

Investing in Outreach

The support of donors like you made it possible to significantly ramp up SNAP outreach to potentially eligible households, including mailing 1.9 million postcards to homes, like the one that prompted Stephanie to call us.

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You’re normalizing needing help through outreach & awareness.

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Outreach Impact

65.2% increase

in SNAP calls in months our campaigns were active.

Reaching More households

As a result of our cumulative awareness and outreach campaigns, we responded to more than 17,500 requests for help through our FoodSource Hotline— connecting households to SNAP, free meals for kids, pantries, meal programs, and more.

Yellow Stars Single Feeding Kids

You're feeding kids today, while fighting for a tomorrow where no child is hungry.

During closures and hybrid learning, you ensured households had continued access to free meals for kids. You took bold steps to fight for forward progress, and partnered with legislators to file a School Meals for All bill that would make universal school meals permanent. Through your support, we launched The Feed Kids Campaign! You’ve advocated for this policy change, calling your legislators and making your voice heard as champions of School Meals for All.

Feeding Kids Today

You supported important policy changes to ensure kids were fed.

You helped secure USDA waivers for free meals and helped 140 summer meal providers use them to feed more kids. Grab & go summer meals happened because of your support.

You are also taking steps to make these policy changes permanent, to prevent barriers to food access from going back up after these temporary waivers expire:

  1. School meals have been free to every student–universal school meals.
  2. School and summer meals were allowed to be offered to-go, and to be picked up by a caregiver for multiple days at a time.
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free school meals were provided to children.


free summer meals were provided to children.

441 more locations

provided free summer meals to kids, made possible by the waivers.


You gave more students access to school nutrition.


Through your support, Project Bread was instrumental in the passage of An Act Promoting Student Nutrition. The bill addresses both the root causes of unpaid meal debt as well as its impact on students and will give up to 10,000 more students access to free school meals

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No eleven-year-old should be caught between eating lunch and the ability of their family to pay for that lunch.”

Michael Sabin, Principal of John W. McDevitt Middle School & Feed Kids Coalition member

On the front line, you helped the helpers

School nutrition professionals and summer meal providers faced extraordinary challenges this year to feed kids through the pandemic: school closures, to-go meal service, health & safety concerns, staffing shortages, and supply chain issues. Helping them to navigate each challenge and keep healthy meals coming for kids and families, was you!

Resources for frontline workers

$550,595 provided to schools and partners

Your generosity gave resources, staffing, trainings, recipes, outreach materials, equipment, and expert assistance to front-line workers feeding kids.

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Schools closed, but meals never stopped.

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Supporting Schools "Virtually"

Because of you, we were able to successfully adapt our services for meal providers to an online format. No longer limited by geography, we expanded our reach to new districts and organizations, sharing best practices for feeding kids in the pandemic even more broadly.

Our team designed 9 online professional development courses especially for school nutrition professionals, providing live and recorded courses to ensure providers on the frontline had Project Bread as their partner.

460 school nutrition professionals

participated in our online courses from 90 school districts and community organizations.

70 new recipes

were created to address challenges being faced due to the pandemic: meal quality, menu fatigue, to-go service, product shortages, and supply chain challenges.

673 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) hours

were earned by school nutrition professionals participating in our courses and trainings.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of proper nutrition in child health. Every day, I see firsthand how the food we eat can either give us a longer, healthier life... or have debilitating long-term effects on our bodies.”

Awab Ali Ibrahim, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow at Mass General Hospital, newest member of Project Bread’s Board of Directors.


Our commitment to ensuring meal quality, even during a pandemic, continued.

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Feeding Kids Tomorrow

You are leading the campaign for free School Meals for All.

You took bold steps to fight for forward progress, and partnered with legislators to file a School Meals for All bill that would make universal school meals permanent. Through your support, we launched The Feed Kids Campaign! You’ve advocated for this policy change, calling your legislators and making your voice heard as champions of School Meals for All.

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105 Feed Kids Coalition members

and bipartisain support of School Meals for all from more than 1/2 of the MA state legislator.

2,200 advocacy messages

sent to legislators from our Action Team uging their support of School Meals for All.

250,000 more kids

will gain access to free school meals if our School Meals for All bill is enacted.

Yellow Stars Single Improving Health


Our health care partnerships program provides direct service to certain eligible* MassHealth patients who are both food insecure and have a physical or behavioral health diagnosis.Now in our second year, the ground-breaking program is demonstrating an improvement in both food security and health of participants.

* Flexible Services is not an entitlement program or a covered service, and not all MassHealth members will receive these specific supports. You can learn more here.


More patients reported improved food insecurity & health, resulting from the growth of our team and services.

  1. We grew our Acountable Care Organization partnerships from 1 to 3, adding Boston Children’s Hospital ACO and Boston Medical Center ACO to our partners along with Community Care Cooperative (C3).

  2. We grew our Nutrition Services Team from 2 to 8 people.

Patients served increased

from 819 to 2,300.

Participation in our medically-tailored cooking classes

increased from 6 people per month to 40+.

kitchen supplies & appliances

were provided to 2,068 patients, valuing $355,088.

More patients reporting improved food security & health, resulting from the growth of our team and services.

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After 6 months

650 patients

reported they were food secure.

Yellow Stars Single Deepening Community Partnerships


Collaboration is essential to end hunger in Massachusetts. Addressing inequities that contribute to food insecurity is crucial to solving hunger. To lift up local solutions, we’ve formed strategic partnerships with lead local organizations in ten target cities where we know we can really move the needle on hunger.

Community Partnership Grants

$341,000 invested in anti-hunger partners

 in Brockton, East Boston, Everett, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lynn, Mattapan, Quincy, Randolph & Worcester

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The Walk for Hunger

$1.3 million raised for hunger relief

The Walk for Hunger celebrated its 53rd year virtually for the 2nd year due to health concerns of the pandemic. That didn’t stop the dedication of businesses, community groups, families, and more from forming teams and walking in their “pods” on the first Sunday in May, across the state—and across the country.

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Your generosity in Project Bread’s fiscal year 2021 (10/1/20–9/31/21) is the reason people in Massachusetts living with the worry of having enough to eat, had a constant source of support this past year.


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Yellow Stars Single Recognition

For all that you do for others, thank you

The empathy and dedication you bring to our shared fight against hunger pushes us even harder to lead on policy solutions that will enable us to emerge from the tragedy of the pandemic with more equitable systems.

Corporate & Foundations




Share Our Strength

The Ansin Foundation

$100,000 - $199,999

The Klarman Family Foundation

The Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999


Bay State Milling Company

City of Boston Resiliency Fund

Eastern Bank

Hershey Family Foundation

Jonathan & Margot Davis, and The Davis Family Charitable Foundation

Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Co.

Shipley Family Foundation

The Baupost Group, LLC

The Doe Family Foundation

Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999

Digital Federal Credit Union

RSM Boston Foundation

The Gilson Family Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999


Alice Willard Dorr Foundation


Bain Capital Children's Charity Ltd.

Brookline Bank

Cabot Family Charitable Trust

Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston

Global Atlantic Financial Company

GT Retail, Inc. - DBA Wines & More, Mansfield

Highland Street Foundation

IdentityForce - A Sontiq Brand

Invest Partners, LLC. - DBA Wines & More, Walpole

Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Charitable Foundation

Leerink Partners Charitable Gift Fund

Linde Family Foundation

Lovett-Woodsum Foundation, Inc.

National Grid USA Service Company, Inc.

Peace Properties, INC.

Raytheon Technologies

Safety Insurance

State Street Corporation

The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation

The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation

The Vertex Foundation

Webster Bank



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105.7 WROR

Country 102.5


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Jason and Shannon Robins

Mr. Brent and Mrs. Rachel Dibner

$50,000 - $99,999

Estate of Mr. Leo J. Robillard

Cecile Higginson Murphy Charitable Foundation

Estate of James P. Furlong

Frieze Family Foundation

Mr. Chris McGrath

$25,000 - $49,999

Alice L. McDougall Fund

Boston Society Of New Jerusalem

Mr. Bruce and Mrs. Becky Epstein

Mr. Roger G. Reiser and Mrs. Hannelore Reiser

Ms. Anita E. and Ms. Flora E. D'Angio

Russell Colgate Fund

The Ali Family

The Paula's Gift Fund

The William and Lia G. Poorvu Family Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999


Dr. David A. Roth and Dr. Marie B. Demay

Dr. Eric B. Rimm and Mrs. Allison C. Rimm

Dr. Stephen D. and Mrs. Margaret Senturia

Hoang Fund

John C. and Eunice B. Morrison Charitable Foundation

KBK Foundation

Laura Schneider

Lindeke Wolff Family Foundation

Manzione Charitable Fund

Miles and Linda Hapgood

Mr. Derrick Ang

Mr. Kenneth S. and Ms. Tamar Frieze

Mr. Patrick H. Byrne and Ms. Joan Denapoli-Byrne

Mr. Robert S. Wolff and Ms. Caroline S. Lindeke

Mr. Spencer P. Glendon and Ms. Lisa Y. Tung

Mr. William D. Green

Mr. William Spears and Ms. Robin G. MacIlroy

Mrs. Barbara A. and Mr. Edward J. Wilson

Mrs. MaryAnn Marmon and Mr. Douglas Marmon

Ms. Joyce A. Lafaver

Ms. Lia Der Marderosian

Ms. Margaret M. Schmidt and Mr. Kenneth Danila

Ms. Michele J. Ryan

Peter and Ann Lambertus Family Foundation Inc

Rose M Ciccolo RVOC Declaration of Trust

Stephen D. Senturia Charitable Fund

Terrapin Station Foundation

The Jeffrey G. Naylor and Shawn E. Baker Charitable Fund

The McKay Family Charity Fund

Theodore W. & Evelyn G. Berenson Charitable Foundation

Board of Directors



Peter Levangie, Chair
President & CEO, Bay State Milling Company

Irene Li, Vice Chair 
Founder & Owner, Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Restaurant

Kathryn Audette, Clerk
Director of State Government Relations, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Ray Xi, Treasurer
Vice President, Double Impact, Bain Capital

Awab Ali Ibrahim, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellow
Mass General Hospital

Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D.
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Jean G. McMurray
Executive Director, Worcester County Food Bank

Laura Schneider
Partner, WilmerHale

Mari Barrera
Charitable Foundations Manager, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Michael Richards
Chief Administrative Office, State Street

Nikko Mendoza
State Director, Senator Elizabeth Warren, United States Senate

Stacie O’Brien
Senior Manager of Private Investment Operations, Baupost Group

Winton Picoff
Director, MA Food System Collaborative


Advisory Council


Adrienne Zak Hunt
Vice President of ESG Reporting & Communications, State Street Corporation

Alethea Harney
Head of Communications Office of the Treasurer & Receiver General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

Anthony Ackil
Founder & CEO, Streetlight Ventures 

Becky Epstein
Chair of Corporate Charitable, Giving Odysseys Unlimited

Clare Reilly
Co-Founder, Women SOAR Giving Circle

Gary Evee
Founder and CEO, Evee Consulting Group

Graham Gardner
Co-founder and CEO, Kyruus

Hannah Grove
Fortune 500 C-Suite, Executive

Heather Trafton
Former Chief Operating Officer,  Arcadia.io

Maggie Moore
Advisor, SimpliFed

Meaghan Switzer
Assurance Senior Manager, RSM US LLP

Meg Meaney
Vice President of Revenue Operations, Acoustic

Saadia Ali
Student and Top Fundraiser, for The Walk for Hunger

Sonya Khan
Director of Clinical Services, Lowell Community Health Center

Theresa Fortillus
Program Director, New England Institute of Nonprofit Practice

Looking Forward

Within this unique moment in time, there is great tragedy, but also opportunity—the chance to emerge with more equitable systems. In the year ahead, join us in our bold effort to maintain and advance solutions that can permanently break the cycle of hunger.

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