The State of Hunger in MA with Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Project Bread

The State of Hunger in MA: Before and Since the COVID-19 Pandemic

Free Webinar

October 6, 2020 | 2:30-4pm

Project Bread, together with The Boston Foundation, and Children’s HealthWatch, is pleased to join Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley for an exploration of pre-existing racial inequities in food access, now dramatically exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The public webinar and discussion will include data from before and during the pandemic, with a focus on opportunities to achieve equity in food access as part of recovery for all.

Research commissioned by Project Bread in 2019 with funds from the organization’s 50th Walk for Hunger and additional funding from the Boston Foundation, and conducted by Children's HealthWatch in partnership with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, highlights the role of systemic barriers, institutional racism, and discrimination as factors in the disproportionate rate of food insecurity experienced by Latinx people in East Boston, despite clear strengths evident in the community.

Boston Indicators has partnered with the organizations responsible for research to produce a follow-on research brief which analyzes how these longstanding food insecurity challenges have been compounded during the current pandemic.

Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Opening Remarks
Ayanna Pressley, Congresswoman, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Research Presentations
The State of Hunger
Ana Población, PhD, MS, Research Scientist, Children's HealthWatch

Food Insecurity Since the Pandemic
Trevor Mattos, Research Manager, Boston Indicators

Summary Overview
Erin McAleer, MSW, President, Project Bread

Discussion and Q&A
Elizabeth Pauley, Associate Vice President, Education to Career, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)

This webinar is a public event, and everyone is invited and encouraged to register and attend. 

For additional information, or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle of The Boston Foundation at: 617-338-4268  or

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