More information about pending legislation can also be found at the Massachusetts Public Health Association.
Updated September 16th, 2013
For the fiscal year 2014, beginning July 1, 2013, the State House of Representatives, Senate, and Governor all have approved a $1 million increase to $13 million for food purchases, including level funding of $1 million for operating support (total $14 million) to be split between all four food banks in the Commonwealth.
Thank you to everyone who called their senators and representatives to advocate for MEFAP and ask for this increase. You have made a difference!
The surge in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) caseload due to the Recession without any increase in front line staff has been at the core of DTA’s struggles to keep up with the demands of processing SNAP and cash benefits in a timely manner. Lack of staffing has undermined their ability to track client documentation, help clients with missing information, return client phone calls, and more. The House and Senate rejected amendments to increase DTA funding.
It is The Food Bank’s goal to both help low-income neighbors access SNAP and assist the DTA by submitting accurate applications on behalf of those neighbors. Our SNAP Outreach team works in the community to help meet this goal.
Senate Ways and Means members from Western Mass. (click links for contact info):
State House Switch Board: (617) 722-2000