BOSTON — With gas and electric rates climbing to record high prices this winter, Attorney General Maura Healey is collaborating with Project Bread and the state’s regional food banks and pantries on a campaign to educate residents about assistance available to help pay their monthly energy bills this winter.
“As energy costs go up this winter, we want to make sure families know that help is out there to put food on the table and keep the lights on in their homes,” AG Healey said. “We’re grateful to Project Bread and our regional food banks and pantries for partnering with us to educate residents on how they can access the financial assistance and support they need.”
As part of the education awareness campaign, the AG’s Office is working with Project Bread and the state’s regional food banks – The Greater Boston Food Bank, the Worcester County Food Bank, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank – and their partner pantries to educate customers on the new winter rates and available energy assistance programs. The campaign includes the distribution of thousands of multilingual flyers and an updated website with resources on how to save on monthly bills. On Tuesday, staff from the AG’s Office joined volunteers and staff from La Colaborativa in Chelsea to distribute resource flyers in English, Spanish, and Portuguese to families picking up boxes of food ahead of Thanksgiving.
As of September 2022, according to Project Bread, a statewide organization committed to solving hunger, more than a fifth of households with children in Massachusetts were facing food insecurity, with the increasing costs of basic needs like food and utilities likely contributing to the rising hunger rates in the state. According to data from the state’s utility companies, more than 900,000 customers in Massachusetts are behind on their energy bills.
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