Food Access, Food Insecurity, Member Spotlight, Survey

Food Equity and Access in Massachusetts: Voices and Solutions from Lived Experience

The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), an H2HC Leadership Council member, released its fourth annual statewide report on food insecurity, Food Equity and Access in Massachusetts: Voices and Solutions from Lived Experience.

The study, conducted in partnership with Mass General Brigham, found that one in three adults in Massachusetts in food insecure. The subsequent report highlights lived experience and proposes community-based solutions to help eradicate hunger across the Commonwealth.

Key takeaways include:

  • 1.9 million adults reported being food insecure last year.
  • Every county in MA experienced significant food insecurity in 2023.
  • Cost of food is the leading cause for food insecurity – 73% of food-insecure individuals said that high inflation and rising food costs were the biggest barriers and needed to be addressed.
  • Food-insecure adults say that Food Pantries, SNAP, and WIC are not always enough.
  • Households experiencing food insecurity reported on average they needed approximately $60 more per week for food – a difference of about $2,000 a year.
  • Food insecurity exacerbates many chronic medical and mental health conditions