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Line item DAR 2511–0105: Increase funding to $20,000,000.
Reasons: The need for food assistance in Western Massachusetts is steadily increasing. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts currently serves more than 235,000 people per year through our 250 feeding programs.
MEFAP helps us meet the need of providing assistance to working families, veterans, the elderly, disabled, and children. The additional $5 million would allow the four food banks in Massachusetts to provide an additional 7 million healthy meals to people in need.
MEFAP is a reliable source of nutritious staples such as meat, eggs, milk, and fresh produce, which supports public health.
MEFAP also helps support the Massachusetts economy, as many of the food distributers and growers are local, including:
More than one-third of the people in need across the Commonwealth do not qualify for government benefits. They rely on the network of food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters across the state to supply their basic needs. The four non-profit food banks in Massachusetts use MEFAP food to help these vulnerable people feed their families.
The increase in MEFAP funding last year helped The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts obtain 180,409 lbs (the equivalent of more than 150,000 meals) more than the year before. Please help us continue to assist our communities by supporting MEFAP funding!
Senate Ways and Means members from Western Mass. (Click links for contact info):
State House Switch Board: (617) 722-2000