Massachusetts is experiencing the highest percent increase in food insecurity of any state in the country. 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 kids in Middlesex County, or 1 in 7 students in your child’s class, lacking reliable access to food.
MORE WAYS TO HELP
Stock a free freezer
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