Fund the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) at $20 million!

0 have signed. Let’s get to 1,000!


We, The Greater Boston Food Bank, ask you to support increasing the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) funding to $20 million in Fiscal Year 2019 (line item DAR 2511-0105). This increase would allow the state's four food banks to provide an additional 4 million healthy meals. 

Reasons to Increase MEFAP:

  1. The need remains acute. 1 in 10 people in Massachusetts (about 700,000) is food insecure—meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. 1 in 7 children and 1 in 20 seniors in Massachusetts struggle with the same problem.
  2. 4 million additional healthy meals. The food banks currently provide 65.7 million healthy meals annually, and 20.9 million of those meals were provided by $17 million in FY17 MEFAP funding. A $2.6 million increase would provide an additional 4 million healthy meals to those in need.
  3. Helps the working poor. About a third of food-insecure people in Massachusetts are ineligible for SNAP (food stamps) and other federal nutrition programs, such as free and reduced-price school meals.* These families rely on the emergency hunger-relief system.
  4. Rising food costs. The weekly food budget shortfall for the food insecure in Massachusetts has risen four percent to nearly $20 per person—11 percent higher than the national average.* A family of four is short $80 worth of groceries a week.
  5. Hunger impacts health. MEFAP enables the state’s food banks to consistently distribute the basics of a healthy, balanced diet. Research shows food-insecure people are at higher risk of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and depression.
  6. Supports Massachusetts businesses. More than 30 local farmers and more than half of the MEFAP food vendors are Massachusetts-based. These local farmers and food vendors supply more than 17 percent of MEFAP-purchased food. This direct investment in local farms and businesses strengthens the Massachusetts economy.

Join us in our mission to end hunger by signing your name below! 

 



Today: The Greater Boston Food Bank is counting on you

The Greater Boston Food Bank needs your help with “Charlie Baker: Fund the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) at $20 million!”. Join The Greater Boston Food Bank and 609 supporters today.