Impact of Pandemic
on 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 eastern Massachusetts AFTER the pandemic: 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
  • State with the greatest increase in food-insecure children due to the pandemic: Massachusetts, at 102%
  • Largest single monthly food distribution by The Greater Boston Food Bank in its 40- year history: April 2021

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