The Issue: Food Insecurity in Massachusetts
Roughly 12% of households in Massachusetts were food insecure in 2011, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture, and 4.5% of those faced very low food security. People with very low food security experience a reduced rate of food intake or disrupted eating patterns due to a lack of financial resources. As more people find themselves without work, the prevalence of food insecurity has increased alongside the demand for food services.
The Campaign: Providing Hot Meals for Underserved People
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by St. Francis House to feed hungry people. For every $2 raised, St. Francis House can provide one day's breakfast and lunch for one person. The nutritionally balanced hot breakfasts and lunches support people who are underserved or experiencing homelessness by equipping them with the lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh produce that help maintain health and prevent disorders such as malabsorption. This service also equips guests with the comfort of community support. On average, St. Francis House serves more than 800 breakfasts, lunches, and emergency carry-out sandwiches every day.
St. Francis House
The legacy of St. Francis of Assisi permeates the air at St. Francis House. There, staff and volunteers work to emulate the devotion he showed people throughout his life by assisting people who are underserved or experiencing homelessness. They provide support and care for all of their guests in the form of basic necessities, such as food, clothing, showers, and medical care, as well as guidance services.
Every day, more than 800 men and women seek aid at St. Francis House and take part in its counseling and rehabilitation services. The counseling department provides individual therapy, legal aid, and immigration services, whereas the rehabilitation services help people overcome challenges stemming from mental illness and substance abuse. To propel its guests into self-sufficiency, St. Francis House also offers a 14-week job- and life-skills training program to help individuals who have dealt with drug addiction, homelessness, mental illness, or incarceration find careers.
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