Where is WCFB located?
What are the WCFB hours of operation?
What is WCFB’s mission statement?
Who is on the WCFB Board of Directors?
I’m a student interested in doing a project about WCFB or hunger in Worcester County. Who can I contact?
Partner Agencies and Food Assistance
What is a Partner Agency?
How can I learn more about my organization becoming a WCFB partner agency?
Where can I go to receive food assistance?
What are food pantries and community meal programs, and what is the difference?
What is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?
How do I find out if I’m eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits?
How much of my donation goes directly towards WCFB’s mission?
Can I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?
I’m interested in holding an event to raise funds for WCFB. Where do I start?
How do I remove my name from your mailing list?
Does WCFB offer both individual and group volunteer opportunities?
What is required for me to volunteer at the WCFB?
Is there a minimum age for volunteering at the WCFB?
Do you accept court-ordered community service?
Does WCFB accept walk-in or anonymous food donations?
How do I go about holding a food drive to benefit WCFB?
When is the best time of year to hold a food drive?
Does WCFB pick up food drive donations?
How does a food business, such as a restaurant, supermarket, food manufacturer, or farm go about donating food product to WCFB?
What is advocacy?
- Legislative advocacy that seeks to protect and/or expand access to SNAP through the federal Farm Bill
- Administrative advocacy aimed at monitoring the implementation of public policies and ensuring government accountability such as the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
- Outreach campaigns such as the Earned Income Tax Credit
- Public education efforts that focus the attention of the public, policymakers and the media on the problem of hunger such as legislative breakfasts and letters to the editor
- Collecting, reporting, and disseminating data on the extent and causes of hunger
- Community organizing and other efforts that demonstrate solidarity with people affected by hunger to develop solutions to hunger and win policy change through collective action such as testifying at a hearing before a government committee on a legislative bill
Please visit our Advocacy Page for more information.
Why is advocacy important?
How can I get involved in advocacy?
Hunger in Worcester County
What is food security?
What is low food security?
What is very low food security (a.k.a. hunger)?
Please visit our Hunger in Worcester County Page for more information.
How is hunger measured?
The food security status of each household lies somewhere along a continuum extending from high food security to very low food security. Placement on this continuum is determined by the household’s responses to a series of questions about behaviors and experiences associated with difficulty in meeting food needs. The questions cover a wide range of severity of food insecurity. For more information on how USDA measures food insecurity, visit Food Security in the U.S.
Each year, USDA publishes a report that presents statistics from the survey covering households’ food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs. The most recent publication is Household Food Security in the United States in 2014.
How does the federal government measure poverty?
The poverty thresholds are the original version of the federal poverty measure. They are updated each year by the Census Bureau. The thresholds are used mainly for statistical purposes — for instance, preparing estimates of the number of Americans in poverty each year. (In other words, all official poverty population figures are calculated using the poverty thresholds, not the guidelines.)
The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps.
The poverty guidelines are sometimes loosely referred to as the “federal poverty level” (FPL). Key differences between poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines are outlined in this table: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). See also the discussion of this topic on the Institute for Research on Poverty’s web site.
What is the federal poverty level?
What are the federal nutrition assistance programs?
Please visit the US Nutrition Assistance Programs Page for more information.