Help advocate for MEFAP!

The House Committee on Ways and Means released its $40.9 billion Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget Wednesday, funding the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) at $17.9 million. Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D – Gloucester) is filing an amendment to increase funding to $20M. 

$20 million in MEFAP funding would enable the four Massachusetts food banks to provide 24 million meals to our neighbors in need. With one in 10 people in the Commonwealth unsure of where their next meal is coming from, legislators need to hear why #MEFAPMatters to you and your community.

  • Contact your state representative and ask her/him to co-sign Representative Ferrante’s amendment to increase MEFAP funding to $20M in FY19.
    • Find your state respresentative and senator here. When connected with your legislator’s office, state that you are a constitutent, give your name and the town you are calling from, and let them know you are calling about MEFAP (line item DAR 2511-0105).
    • Representative ______, My name is ____ and I am constituent from _____ in your district. I am contacting you today about the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, also known as MEFAP. Representative Ferrante is filing an amendment to increase MEFAP funding to $20 million. This program is important to me and my community. Thank you for your time.
    • For more talking points on the benefits of MEFAP, read here

  • Share on Facebook and Twitter why #MEFAPMatters and tag @Gr8BosFoodBank.
  • Sign on to our petition supporting the increase of MEFAP funding to $20 million. 

If you would like more information about MEFAP and its importance to Massachusetts, read more on our website. If you have any further questions, please contact GBFB Senior Manager of Public Affairs Catherine Drennan at or 617-598-5067.

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