Today, thousands of people in Massachusetts, and millions across the United States, experience hunger because they cannot afford adequate food. Local families are struggling even more this year to put food on the table because of the recent economic downturn and the high cost of living in the state.
As the impact of the recession continues to be felt among thousands of Massachusetts families, Project Bread is working to ensure that everyone, regardless of age or background, has regular access to healthy food.
Vulnerable Populations: Who is Hungry?
Some populations are at a greater risk for hunger than others. The most vulnerable among us — children, elders, families, and immigrants — have been devastated by the impact of widespread unemployment, foreclosures, and skyrocketing health care costs. Project Bread is working closely with each demographic to alleviate hunger, making sure that no individuals go to bed hungry.
Children: When children are hungry, they are more likely to get sick, miss school and struggle to learn. They can’t catch up as easily after common childhood illnesses and they can’t grow to their full potential.
Elders: When seniors are hungry, they are more likely to be hospitalized and to have chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. They are often reluctant to ask for help and end up having to choose between purchasing food and medicine.
Families: Families that have access to healthy food and the knowledge and skills to prepare nutritious meals are ready to learn and work.
Immigrants: Project Bread has learned that Latinos in low-income communities suffer high rates of food insecurity and hunger, and that Latinos are also underutilizing food resources such as SNAP/food stamps — in fact, only about half of those eligible participate in this important nutrition program. To address these issues, the primary goal of our campaign is to increase SNAP/food stamp participation among low-income Latinos
Learn More about Hunger
Who is Hungry? Learn more about who is at risk for hunger.
The Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts 2012, the state's annual report card on hunger, revealed that over 750,000 people in Massachusetts are at risk for hunger— a 43% since the start of the recession in 2008.
Solutions to End Hunger: Schools, health centers, community-based meal programs, social service agencies — all Project Bread’s partners — are reporting steep increases in clients seeking food. Yet state and local budget cuts mean that organizations are being forced to do more with less. Like these agencies, Project Bread is seeking new opportunities to ensure that the most vulnerable in our state have consistent access to healthy food.