More than 135,000 people in the four counties of Western Massachusetts seek food assistance at Food Bank member agencies.
Updated January 29, 2014
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For Fiscal Year 2015, which begins July 1, we urge the Massachusetts legislature to increase core food funding to $15,000,000 and maintain administrative support at $1,000,000 (for a total of $16 million). The Governor’s budget proposed level-funding MEFAP at $14 million.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts currently serves approximately 200,000 people per year through its emergency feeding programs.
Despite the recession being technically over, the need for food assistance in Western Massachusetts has steadily increased, while critical food sources have dwindled due to federal budget cuts and rising food prices.
According to the 2010 Feeding America Hunger in America study, 571,600 people statewide are in need of emergency food assistance—that’s one in eight Massachusetts residents. The same study showed that over half of emergency feeding program clients must visit emergency programs more than 6 times per year.
MEFAP meets core nutritional needs for struggling families (some of whom are not able to qualify for federal programs such as SNAP or WIC):
MEFAP also supports the Massachusetts economy by granting contracts to Massachusetts food distributors and local farmers, including:
Senate Ways and Means members from Western Mass. (Click links for contact info):
House Ways and Means members from Western Mass. (Click links for contact info):
State House Switch Board: (617) 722-2000