BOSTON (WWLP) – One in ten people struggle with hunger in Massachusetts, according to the report released at the State House on Tuesday by the Greater Boston Food Bank and Children’s HealthWatch.
The report also says that health issues related to hunger and food insecurities cost the state an estimated $2.4 billion per year. Hunger can lead to impaired brain development, diabetes and heart problems.
“What we’ve discovered is that if you provide enough adequate food for people, they’re a lot less likely to have bad health outcomes,” the report’s principal investigator John Cook said. “And so that can save the Commonwealth a lot of money.”
The report recommends the state increase funding for the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program and require breakfast in the classroom at high-poverty schools.