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One in Three: Report on Food Equity and Access

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) collaborated with Mass General Brigham’s Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition Equity to release its third annual statewide study, Opportunities to Improve Food Equity and Access in Massachusetts: Ending Hunger – Together.

This study not only discovered that 1 in 3 Massachusetts households continue to struggle with food insecurity in 2022, but this year they added data specific to households with children. The study found that 36 percent of Massachusetts households experienced child-level food insecurity, meaning a child was hungry, skipped a meal, or did not eat for a whole day because there wasn’t enough money for food, surpassing the overall statewide household food insecurity average. These numbers grow in minority communities with over half of Hispanic (53 percent) and LGBTQ+ (57 percent) households and 42 percent of Black households.

GBFB report's graph of child food insecurity

At Open Table, we know the Summer school vacation is a particularly vulnerable time for children facing food insecurity, which is why we instituted our Fuel Up for Summer kids lunch program.

We will use this study, and the information our guests provide, to improve our service within your communities. If you have any questions or feedback you can always email Thank you for being a part of how we spread More Love, Less Hunger.