Big, bold, solutions to hunger in Massachusetts
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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.
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.
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.
While informing policy that enabled more people to enroll in SNAP and receive higher benefit amounts, helping more people afford food with dignity.
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.
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.
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.
to schools, state agencies, and health centers to promote SNAP and Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline.
answered by our state-wide FoodSource Hotline that can support callers in 180 languages.
screened for SNAP. A 33% increase from 2 years ago.
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.
in SNAP calls in months our campaigns were active.
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.
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.
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:
free school meals were provided to children.
free summer meals were provided to children.
provided free summer meals to kids, made possible by the waivers.
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
“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
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!
Your generosity gave resources, staffing, trainings, recipes, outreach materials, equipment, and expert assistance to front-line workers feeding kids.
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.
participated in our online courses from 90 school districts and community organizations.
were created to address challenges being faced due to the pandemic: meal quality, menu fatigue, to-go service, product shortages, and supply chain challenges.
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.
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.
and bipartisain support of School Meals for all from more than 1/2 of the MA state legislator.
sent to legislators from our Action Team uging their support of School Meals for All.
will gain access to free school meals if our School Meals for All bill is enacted.
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.
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).
We grew our Nutrition Services Team from 2 to 8 people.
from 819 to 2,300.
increased from 6 people per month to 40+.
were provided to 2,068 patients, valuing $355,088.
reported they were food secure.
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.
in Brockton, East Boston, Everett, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lynn, Mattapan, Quincy, Randolph & Worcester
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.
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.
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
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The Ansin Foundation
The Klarman Family Foundation
The Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation
Bay State Milling Company
City of Boston Resiliency Fund
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
Digital Federal Credit Union
RSM Boston Foundation
The Gilson Family Foundation
Alice Willard Dorr Foundation
Bain Capital Children's Charity Ltd.
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.
State Street Corporation
The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation
The Nathaniel and Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation
The Vertex Foundation
98.5 The Sports Hub
Jason and Shannon Robins
Mr. Brent and Mrs. Rachel Dibner
Estate of Mr. Leo J. Robillard
Cecile Higginson Murphy Charitable Foundation
Estate of James P. Furlong
Frieze Family Foundation
Mr. Chris McGrath
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
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
John C. and Eunice B. Morrison Charitable Foundation
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
Charitable Foundations Manager, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Chief Administrative Office, State Street
State Director, Senator Elizabeth Warren, United States Senate
Senior Manager of Private Investment Operations, Baupost Group
Director, MA Food System Collaborative
Adrienne Zak Hunt
Vice President of ESG Reporting & Communications, State Street Corporation
Head of Communications Office of the Treasurer & Receiver General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Founder & CEO, Streetlight Ventures
Chair of Corporate Charitable, Giving Odysseys Unlimited
Co-Founder, Women SOAR Giving Circle
Founder and CEO, Evee Consulting Group
Co-founder and CEO, Kyruus
Fortune 500 C-Suite, Executive
Former Chief Operating Officer, Arcadia.io
Assurance Senior Manager, RSM US LLP
Vice President of Revenue Operations, Acoustic
Student and Top Fundraiser, for The Walk for Hunger
Director of Clinical Services, Lowell Community Health Center
Program Director, New England Institute of Nonprofit Practice
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.Download Full Report