MA Senate Approves FY19 Budget, Funds MEFAP at $18 Million

Late last week, the Senate voted to increase MEFAP funding to $18 million. Thank you to Senator Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow) who filed the amendment to increase MEFAP funding from $16.5 million.

This funding increase will allow the Commonwealth’s four food banks to provide over 800,000 additional healthy meals. More hungry children, seniors, and families will have access to nutritious food thanks to your advocacy.

Once the Senate finalizes their FY19 budget, both the House and Senate must come together in a Conference Committee and work out any differences between their versions. The House FY19 budget funded MEFAP at $17.9 million.

We need your help to ensure MEFAP is funded at $18 million in the final FY19 budget.


  • – Join us in thanking Senator Lesser for his leadership in increasing MEFAP.
  • – You can also call your state senator and representative and ask them to urge the Conference Committee to support MEFAP at $18 million.
  • – 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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