created at: 2013-01-29Thousands of people in Massachusetts go hungry because they can’t afford adequate food. The state’s annual report card on hunger revealed that more than 660,000 people are at risk for hunger — a 20% increase over the previous year. Now for the first time, JF&CS is bringing together organizations devoted to helping those in need to form the Greater Boston Hunger Network.

Supported by the Rabb family, the Hunger Network is a coalition of food pantries, soup kitchens, local farms, and food-related programs in eighteen towns in Greater Boston. There are Hunger Networks in other areas of the state, but none existed in Greater Boston until now. In partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank and Project Bread, “the Hunger Network is a powerful way for members to gain knowledge, tackle issues systematically, and get energized about addressing hunger and improving access to healthy foods,” said Alison Books Kaufman, JF&CS Director of Hunger and Nutrition and leader of this important initiative.

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