Massachusetts is experiencing the highest percent increase in food insecurity of any state in the country. The Greater Boston Food Bank currently estimates that 15,080 Cambridge residents, or 13% of Cambridge’s entire population, are food insecure. And Cambridge food pantries report a 10-15% increase in their food pantry lines in the last few months.
This means that one in eight residents you see while running errands don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The food insecurity rate amongst children is even more devastating, with 14.9% of children in Middlesex County, or 1 in 7 students in your child’s class, lacking reliable access to food.
Each month Many Helping Hands focuses on a couple of different local food pantries with urgent needs to support. You can lend your helping hands by joining or leading a local team.
Anyone can do it! Your sixth-grade class, your fraternity, your book club, your workplace, your team, or even your neighborhood or apartment building. Or maybe even just a group of really cool friends.
If you or your group would like to collect more than 25 bags of food that is awesome! Let us know!
Distribute the bags to neighbors.
Pick up the bags of donated groceries a few days later.
Deliver the bags of groceries to food pantry in this month’s spotlight. We’ll send you all the details.
Please take photos of your group 1) distributing bags, 2) picking up bags, 3) bring bags to the pantry.
Share! We hope you will consider tweeting or Instagramming photos of your team delivering your food and tagging us at @MHH365. Your sharing inspires others! And if you include us, we’ll share, too!
MORE WAYS YOU CAN HELP
Help stock a community fridge.
Grow fresh produce to donate.
Volunteer your helping hands in a community garden or urban farming project that grows for local food pantries
Volunteer for an organization that focuses on hunger and food security.