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The program Food n’ Friends serves our community one meal at a time:

  • • 3,747 summer lunches were served to kids and teens in Attleboro and Norton (2022)
  • • 36,963 emergency meals were prepared, packaged, and distributed at drive up and walk up sites in Attleboro, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, and North Attleboro (2021)
  • 1,093 holiday meals were distributed from our new hub of operations at the Sweet Community House (2021)

Source: Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative, “Impact Reports”

Area Food Insecurity Rates:

  • Attleboro 10.6%
  • Foxboro 9.5%
  • Mansfield 7.3%
  • Norton 7.7%
  • North Attleboro 9.9%

Source: Greater Boston Food Bank, “Closing the Meal Gap in Eastern Massachusetts”

Food Insecurity in Massachusetts:

  • As of early August 2022, an estimated 26.2% of households with children are facing food insecurity. The rising costs of housing and other basic needs, like food, are factors that can likely be attributed to this spike in food insecurity.
  • Food insecurity doubled during the pandemic.

Source: Project Bread, “Understanding the Issue”

What is food insecurity?

Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation or can last a long time. Hunger and poverty are closely related. People with lower incomes are less likely to be able to afford healthy food regularly. However, not everyone who faces hunger lives at or below the poverty line. Two-thirds of our neighbors in need live above the poverty line. Food insecurity can have a wide impact. Some of the most common effects of food insecurity include:

  • Damage to a child’s ability to learn and grow
  • Forced to choose between paying for food, heat, electricity, rent, transportation, medicine, or medical care.

Source: Feeding America, “Hunger in America”