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Action Alert from Greater Boston Food Bank: Governor cuts MEFAP funding

The following alert is from our friends at the Greater Boston Food Bank. MEFAP was one of the programs adversely impacted by the Governor's recent "9C" cuts to the current fiscal year budget.  As SNAP Coalition members know, demand on food programs that rely on MEFAP has increased with the implementation of the 3 month SNAP time limit that took effect for thousands of MA residents in April of 2016.  Please make your calls this week!

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From: The Greater Boston Food Bank <communications@gbfb.org>
Date: Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Subject: Action Alert: Governor cuts MEFAP funding
 

 

We need your help today!

MEFAP Funding Cut

Last week, Governor Baker slashed $98 million from the FY2017 budget. These reductions, referred to as 9C cuts, will impact 140 programs across the state, including the Massachusetts Emergency Food Program (MEFAP). The MEFAP line item was reduced from $17.5M to $17M.

The Boston Globe, Tuesday, December 6: €œBaker’s cuts draw blowback from Legislature”

The Legislature is considering taking action to reverse these reductions, and we need your help to support the restoration of the $500,000 cut from MEFAP.

Please contact your Senate and House members TODAY and say:

€œI am calling Senator/Representative [NAME] to ask him/her to support the reversal of Governor Baker’s 9C cut of Massachusetts Emergency Assistance Program (MEFAP) funding from $17.5M to $17M in FY17. That $500K reduction means the state’s food banks will distribute more than 600,000 fewer meals to the 1 in 9 people in our state who face hunger every day, including many in my community.â€

The line item for MEFAP is DAR 2511-0105.

Not sure who your state Senator/Representative is or how to reach her/him?

Thank you in advance for your support. We will be in touch as we learn more. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Drennan, Public and Government Relations Manager at cdrennan@gbfb.org or 617-598-5067.

Sincerely,

Catherine D'Amato
President & CEO
The Greater Boston Food Bank

 


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