Hunger in Massachusetts

  • Cost per meal in Massachusetts: $3.55 (18% over the national average)
  • Food insecure people in Massachusetts BEFORE the pandemic: 566,930
  • Food insecure people in Massachusetts AFTER the pandemic: 1.6 million
  • Food insecure people in eastern Massachusetts in 2020: more than 658,000 (equivalent to nearly the entire population of Boston)
  • State with the greatest percentage increase in food insecurity during the pandemic: Massachusetts
  • Increase in food insecurity in Massachusetts between 2019 and start 2021: 55%
  • State with the greatest increase in food-insecure children due to the pandemic: Massachusetts, at 102%

For More Information:
The Greater Boston Food Bank:
Worcester Food Bank:
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts:
Merrimack Valley Food Bank: