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.
Project Bread connects people and communities in Massachusetts to reliable sources of food while advocating for policies that make food more accessible—so that no one goes hungry.
Project Bread is committed to making sure that people in Massachusetts can afford enough to eat because hunger is an injustice. Hundreds of years of racist policies have made getting food more challenging for Black, Brown, immigrant, and Indigenous communities, causing the injustice that these identities experience hunger at higher rates. Project Bread must be proactive in fighting systemic racism and economic discrimination, and actively work to end racism and discrimination within systems and organizations, including laws and policies. We must engage voices of all identities in breaking down barriers to getting food.
We seek out the expertise of those who experience hunger and make sure those voices are at the center of Project Bread’s strategy, research, and programs. This is essential to our policy work to build a system based on equity so that everyone gets what they need to thrive.
We understand that our actions must match our words. Project Bread commits to these values as an anti-hunger nonprofit, as an employer, and as a member of the community.
We define ourselves as a food security organization because our work is preventative in nature. We're creating a sustainable, system-wide safety net in Massachusetts for anyone facing hunger.
Our work centers on a core tenet: connecting people to federal nutrition programs designed to supply meals and alleviate the economic burden of purchasing food on a tight household budget. Federal nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP), the National School Breakfast Program, and the Summer Food Service Program (Summer Eats) are designed to meet people where they are with resources that can truly be counted on, as these programs don’t depend on donations and volunteers to sustain them. We work to make these federal programs accessible to more households in Massachusetts through advocacy and programmatic partnerships while increasing utilization through outreach, awareness campaigns, and direct referrals.
Our policy team works tirelessly to advocate for scalable solutions to end hunger. We recognize that food insecurity is disproportionately experienced by people of color, immigrant families, and those with fewer economic means, which feeds into the cycle of poverty and generational hunger. We focus on identifying policies that create barriers to accessing sufficient food resources, then advocate for new policies that break these barriers down.
Every child deserves to be fed and cared for. We focus on connecting families with children to reliable sources of food, so they can reach their academic potential and go on to live healthy, thriving lives. Through relevant federal nutrition programs, along with our School Breakfast and Summer Eats campaigns and school nutrition staff education and support, we focus on providing access to multiple touchpoints for children to get food and break the cycle of poverty.
“Hunger in Massachusetts is simply unacceptable. This is a solvable problem, and all of us can do our part. When we all take action, we exercise our collective power.”
Erin McAleer, President, Project Bread
Project Bread believes in making equitable decisions based on comprehensive data—we center this by conducting our own analyses, research, and studies to inform our strategies.Stats and Research