Why it Works

Change, not just charity

It's about more than food

Hunger happens when there isn’t enough money to pay for rent, childcare, or medications, and still have enough left over to buy groceries to last all week. 

We make it easier for people to access and afford food with dignity - money for groceries, healthy meals for kids in their schools and all summer long, an expert helping you navigate your options to finally make ends meet. 

It works. Here’s how.

Reliable access to food

Federal nutrition programs like SNAP, the National School Breakfast Program or the Summer Food Service Program, go beyond simply offering a meal. They provide economic relief for too-tight household budgets. Designed to meet people where they are with resources that can be counted on, federal nutrition programs don’t depend on the generosity of the general public to sustain them or the charity of volunteers to operate them, meaning more low-income residents have increased food security in their community. 

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Boosting Federal Nutrition Programs to protect food insecure families during the pandemic 

Together, Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) and The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit increases —which Project Bread advocates for — have driven more than $524 million in new dollars, primarily federal, into Massachusetts since March 2020, in addition to the $1.2 billion in regular SNAP payments that were issued annually to Massachusetts families since March 2020.

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Effective & equitable policies

Food insecurity is disproportionately experienced by people of color, immigrant families, and those with fewer economic means. It feeds into the cycle of poverty, perpetuating the generational pattern of hunger and the inequities that go with it. 

By promoting legislation that deconstructs historical racism and structural inequities, we drive meaningful change to improve food security now, and for generations to come.

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Breaks the cycle of poverty

Food insecurity correlates to lower levels of educational attainment, high levels of unemployment and additional economic hardships. We focus on solutions that provide Massachusetts residents with reliable sources of food and give them ongoing food security to reach their academic potential and live healthy lives.

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Scalable and sustainable

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