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Feeding the hungry

Project Bread fighting hunger in Southbridge

Project Bread works in Southbridge with the Summer Meals Program, which provides free meals for people 18 and under and is federally funded. The program is for low-income communities, for which Southbridge qualifies. (click for larger version)
February 09, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Project Bread has been helping feed children in across the Commonwealth for nearly a quarter century.

Project Bread is a statewide anti-hunger organization originally formed out of a walk for hunger fundraiser, which raised money for emergency food providers.

"For more than 20 years, we've done more programmatic work where we've looked at hunger and hunger-related solutions," said Justine Kahn, director of Child Nutrition Outreach at Project Bread. "It's not just about providing food in an emergency setting, but also utilizing the federal nutrition programs — programs like school breakfast, school lunch, summer meals and food stamps. We really try to encourage people to use the federal programs because they really act as a safety net and it's more of a seamless way to access food assistance. We've spent a lot of our efforts trying to get more people involved with the federal programs."

Kahn said she also believes that one of the biggest benefits to the federal programs is that people don't have wait in line at food pantries and it gives people that are receiving help a way to be invisible. Children can access food at school through the lunch and breakfast programs.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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