Nature and Purpose
Project Bread, sponsor of the annual Walk for Hunger, is dedicated to alleviating hunger for those in crisis and is working on long-term solutions to end hunger. The FoodSource Hotline is the direct service arm of the agency offering immediate assistance to those who are in desperate need of food. Each month, Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline connects over 2500 callers to food resources.
Students work side by side with the hotline staff providing callers in need with information on short and long term solutions to their current situations. Examples of knowledge students gain through their placement are: the state and federal food stamp regulations, enabling students to screen callers for eligibility in the food stamp program and the process and operation of emergency food programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and low cost food programs.
Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline provides the following additional experiences for PULSE students:
- Visits to food pantries.
- Eat for a week on a food stamp budget and examine what lifestyle changes and social stigmas living on a fixed budget can produce.
- Assist with preparations for Project Bread's annual Walk For Hunger which raises money to help fund emergency food resources throughout Massachusetts.