Petition to Governor Charlie Baker, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Harriette Chandler, Senate Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka, House Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez
Fund the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) at $20 million!
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: 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!
Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, Dwight Evans, Robert Brady, Mike Kelly, Scott Perry, Glenn Thompson, Ryan Costello, Patrick Meehan, Brian Fitzpatrick, Bill Shuster, Tom Marino, Lou Barletta, Keith Rothfus, Lloyd Smucker, Matthew Cartwright
Eliminate food deserts and help communities prosper with H.R. 3104
Hunger is an issue that exists in every county in the US, and affects one in eight Americans. For many, access to food is limited because they live in areas where fresh and unprocessed foods are not readily available or accessible, called food deserts. Residents of food deserts may have to rely on local bodegas and fast food establishments, which typically don’t provide the variety of fresh and healthy foods that a grocery store does. When whole, unprocessed foods are sold, they are often sold at prices higher than typical grocery store pieces. This puts people living in these underserved communities at a disadvantage. H.R. 3104, the Food Deserts Act of 2017, aims to eliminate food deserts by providing grants to help support the establishment of grocery stores in food deserts. These grocery stores would help provide a variety of fresh and nutritious foods to those in need, at fair market prices. They would also help employ members of the community, as well as offer educational programming and other resources for eating a healthy diet. Urge your US representative to support this bill and help communities thrive!
Petition to Mojang, Microsoft
Help raise awareness of the plight of bees by adding them to Minecraft
I am 9 years old and my family and I have been keeping bees for the last several years. I am very concerned about the fate of bees. Nearly 1/3 of all bee hives die each year. Without bees, many of our foods will not be pollinated and we won't have the variety of things to eat. I also love to play Minecraft, a virtual reality game where you find and use resources to make things. I recently have enjoyed building farms in Minecraft, where I grow crops and have animals. I've thought for a while now that it would be cool to if there was a way to raise awareness of bees. I would like for Mojang, the Minecraft authors, to put bees in Minecraft and I would like your help to make it happen. In the Minecraft world, having a bee hive near your crops could make your crop production double, for instance. Thank you for considering my petition!
Petition to Minneapolis City Council
Legalize Goats in Minneapolis!
In 2009 Minneapolis launched a city-led urban agriculture plan "Homegrown Minneapolis". Though we've made great strides as a city towards building a more local and equitable food system, we still have serious work to do. Legalizing goats is the next step we must take! Its not a revolutionary idea, and its not simply a joke. Seattle, Denver, Portland, San Diego, Baltimore and even Saint Paul, are some of the major U.S. cities that already allow residents to legally raise goats in the city limits (with reasonable restrictions of course). Other cities are following suit -- but not Minneapolis. In fact, as far back as April 2011, members of the Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Committee voted 4-2 to remove a provision that would simply study the impacts of hoofed animals as part of the city’s urban agriculture policy plan. In 2013, progressive changes came to a number of the City Council seats, and despite the Council Member who championed that 2011 vote being gone, no additional action was taken for a pathway to legalizing goats in the city. This year, the Minneapolis Park Board started using goat to combat invasive species. Let's make the next step! Let's allow residents to safely raise goats as companions and sources of dairy. On November 7th, 2017 Minneapolis residents have the chance to elect a new pro-goat Council and Mayor. We demand they take us seriously. Make Minneapolis the next major city to legalize goats! Sign our petition to let your voice be "herd"! *Find out who represents you now in City Council here and contact them! There are also lots of new candidates running that you should find out where they stand!