ADDRESSING FOOD INSECURITY
All Saints is a member of Project Bread’s coalition of 100 organizations in Massachusetts advocating for legislation providing permanent universal school meals in the Commonwealth, removing the stigma and barriers that limit access to good nutrition for the increasing numbers of children living in food-insecure households. Related to this issue, there will be a forum in Boston, sponsored by State House News Service/MASSterList that will feature leaders, advocates, and experts discussing of how to advance food security across the Commonwealth. The forum will be held on Wednesday, 25 January, from 8:15 to 9:45 am at 10 Winter Place in Boston. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
All Saints Parish & the Feed Kids MA Coalition
Today in Massachusetts, 1 in 5 households with children are food insecure, with Black and Latinx families disproportionately impacted. COVID-19 has shed a light on the state of hunger in our state and in our nation.
We know this was always a crisis. Too many people in our state were struggling to meet their most basic of human needs – food – even before this pandemic. And kids have always been one of the groups most impacted. As we recover from this pandemic, we must recognize the important of school meals.
When kids are hungry at school, they cannot learn. Hungry kids cannot concentrate, have lower academic achievement, suffer cognitive and developmental impairments, exhibit more behavioral problems, have more absences, visit the nurse more often, and are at higher risk of obesity. Food insecurity is a crisis with health, educational, and economic consequences, leaving children particularly vulnerable to the long-term impact. Learn more about Project Bread’s initiative at feedkidsma.org.
Please consider supporting the school meal needs of Massachusetts students. All Saints is a member of Project Bread’s “School Meals for All” coalition which supports passage of An Act Relative to Universal School Meals (H.174/S.314).
This act eliminates existing, stigmatizing, tiered-pay school meal systems and ensures that all students receive the nutrition needed during the school day. Sign on to the Project Bread site, locate your profession, review the letter tailored to your profession, then sign the letter.
These letters will be sent to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education. Please help to end child hunger in Massachusetts: https://feedkidsma.org/blog/sign-on-to-end-child-hunger