Massachusetts is one of the wealthiest states in the nation. Yet one in seven children here is at risk of hunger because of their family’s financial situation. For far too many low-income children, breakfast, the most important meal of the day, is often the hardest to come by. While the majority of low-income children participate in the free school lunch program, less than half typically eat a free school breakfast. Massachusetts is a national leader in public health and education.
Disability is both a cause and consequence of poverty. It is a cause because it can lead to job loss and reduced earnings, barriers to education and skills development, significant additional expenses, and many other challenges that can lead to economic hardship.