State Policy Updates

You can make a difference! Please contact your State Senator and urge them to increase the MA Emergency Food Assistance Program funding to $20 million in FY 2017.

Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP)

MEFAP is a critical piece of state legislation which provides a consistent supply of quality, nutrient-rich foods and locally grown fresh produce to citizens of the Commonwealth in need through the Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts (four MA food banks) and their network of 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters they serve.

This program supports local farmers and vendors who produce and sell eggs, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables along with shelf stable commodities. 100% of MEFAP funding goes directly to feeding hungry people. 

This year, The Greater Boston Food Bank & hunger relief agencies in MA are advocating for an increase funding for the MEFAP DAR 2511 – 0105 to $20 million in the FY17 budget. The issue of hunger is not going away making MEFAP funds more crucial than ever. The $20 million to purchase food will provide a total of 23,000,000 million meals all those in need throughout the Commonwealth.

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Our Cape Cod Senators:

Vinny.deMacedo@masenate.gov    1-617-722-1330

Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov   1-617-722-1570

We at the Falmouth Service Center get approximately 50-60% of our food from the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) on any given week.  The GBFB relies on the MEFAP line item in the budget for critical support to what they provide area food pantries such as ours. 

Key talking points to support your request:

  • Tell your senator or his/her aide that you support increasing the MEFAP (DAR 2511-0105) to $20 million in FY2017.
  • The needs remains as high as ever.  1 in 8 MA residents is food insecure. MEFAP provides high quality food to over 800,000 residents.
  • About 37% of the people in need across the Commonwealth do not qualify for government benefits.  They rely on the coalition of Massachusetts food banks, a network of more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters, supplied by the 4 non-profit MA food banks.
  • With current state budget cuts our most vulnerable citizens are at risk: children and seniors. Seniors live on fixed incomes as costs of living increase and proper nutrition is critical for children to succeed in school. In some pockets of Massachusetts, as many as one in three children and one in five seniors are food insecure. 
  • MEFAP supports state initiatives and priorities.  MEFAP is a reliable source of nutritious staples such as meat, eggs, milk, and fresh produce.  Some of the food suppliers are based right here in MA, including farmers who grow produce.

Be sure to thank the senator or aide for listening to your request!