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As of 2012, food insecurity affects 10.6 percent of all households in Massachusetts, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fortunately, Massachusetts has several hunger relief programs that help families and individuals obtain food, gain access to emergency pantries, and receive the nutrition they need.

Available programs

While each initiative caters to different audiences, all work to provide help to those in need.

  • Massachusetts food banks provide access to a number of food programs, including food pantries. There are various locations throughout the state and they can be accessed on a walk-in basis.
  • Through the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, children can receive free or reduced-cost meals through their school during the academic year. In order to qualify, children must come from families with incomes no higher than 185 percent of the poverty line. While school is in recess, students younger than 18 years old can receive one or two free meals per day through the Summer Food Service Program. However, if an individual is over 18 years old but considered to be mentally or physically handicapped by the state, they can also participate in the summer program.

Massachusetts is working hard to ensure the health of its constituents. If you are struggling to put food on the table, reach out to one of the programs eager to help.

For more information on these programs and where to find them, comment below or tweet us @MassGov.

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