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The Family Pantry in Harwich is one of 18 food pantries on the Cape & Islands receiving support from Project Bread. Photo courtesy of www.thefamilypantry.com.
Earlier this month, Project Bread announced funding for 365 community food programs across the Commonwealth. Of those non-profit organizations, eighteen are located on the Cape and Islands.
According to a release from Project Bread, the grants for the entire state total $1.79 million. Of that, $50,000 will find its way to the Cape and Islands.
"There is no typical hungry person. And we know that it takes more than one solution to solve a problem as complex, and yet as personal, as hunger," said Project Bread Executive Director Ellen Park.
Each of the organizations that will benefit from the Project Bread funding works in their own unique way to assist community members in need.
The Cape and Islands organizations receiving Project Bread funding are:
The organizations above offer assistance to Cape Codders in varies stages of life with different circumstances.
According to 2012 statistics from the US Department of Agriculture, hunger is an even greater issue for many people in Massachusetts. According to Project Bread, households classified as either "food insecure"* or as having "very low food security"** are on the rise--up 43% since the beginning of the recession in 2008. This is the highest the rate has been since data was first collected in the mid 90s, according to Project Bread. More information is available in the Project Bread 2012 Status Report on Hunger in Massachusetts here.
Project Bread supports a variety of anti-hunger programs across the state. To learn more, visit the Project Bread website here.
* Project Bread classifies households as "food insecure" when the quality and amount of food purchased is affected by the amount of money the household has to spend.
** Project Bread classifies households as having "very low food security" when household members are forced to skip meals and go hungry.
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