One in ten* members of our community is at risk of hunger. Hunger is not a problem facing just those in poverty—it is also a challenge faced by working- and middle-class neighbors. A recent study shows that 47% of those at risk for hunger in Eastern Massachusetts earn too much to qualify for government-provided emergency food assistance. Many never dreamed they would need a food pantry or community meal program to feed themselves and their families.
we serve need to use a food pantry on a regular basis to have enough to eat
The key to ending hunger has less to do with food—there’s plenty of food available—and more to do with economic and political regional obstacles:
Ending hunger means addressing those systemic problems, while doing everything possible, every day, to feed hungry people. Our focus is to provide sustained solutions to support public health to help to create healthy lives and healthy communities.
Through compassion and action, together we can create a hunger-free Eastern Massachusetts and enable children, families and seniors to hope, dream and thrive. By helping our neighbors achieve greater success, independence and dignity, we also bring out the best in ourselves.
*SOURCE: Gundersen, C., A. Dewey, A. Crumbaugh, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2016: Food Insecurity and Child Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2016.