On Monday, July 21st, the Legislature’s Conference Committee released its’ FY20 budget, proposing $43 billion in expenditures including funding for hunger relief priorities. The House and Senate both approved this budget, and now Governor Baker has 10 days to approve and sign the FY20 budget into law.
Democracy is an active endeavor – it takes all our collective effort to ensure our state supports our neighbors in need. Thank you for all your advocacy in the budget process so far!
Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP)
Conference Committee appropriated $20 million in MEFAP funding (an increase from $18 million in FY19). This additional funding would allow the Commonwealth’s four food banks to provide nearly 25 million healthy meals.
Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
Conference Committee appropriated $6.5 million in HIP funding. HIP helps SNAP customers buy more fresh fruits and veggies, while supporting local farmers. It matches SNAP money spent at participating farmers markets, mobile markets, farm stands, and CSAs.
“SNAP Gap” Pilot Initiative Amendment
Conference Committee appropriated $1 million for a SNAP Gap pilot program. This amendment funds a pilot to test the feasibility for low-income Massachusetts residents to apply for MassHealth and SNAP at the same time. A common application would support food access for 741,000 people in our state who use MassHealth and qualify for SNAP but are not enrolled.
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