The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched the limits of the emergency food assistance system. The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and our partners are distributing record high levels of food across the Commonwealth. However, we cannot do this work alone.
We are experience skyrocketing levels of unemployment, and according to Feeding America, 1 in 5 Massachusetts residents has been identified as food insecure – rates higher than experienced during the Great Recession.
We need the Legislature’s support to continue our work of feeding the Commonwealth.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent economic ramifications, food banks, food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and our allies have stepped up to meet this unprecedented need. We need government partners and their resources brought to bear to stand with us in this work.
One such program is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As the front line of defense, this program ensures that people can continue to buy their own food at the grocery store. However, for many, the current SNAP benefit is not enough.
That’s why the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) – state funding that addresses the immediate food needs of Massachusetts residents by providing the staples of a healthy diet – remains so critical.
The Food Bank Coalition of Massachusetts requests:
While the need is immediate, we know there will be lasting effects from this crisis as communities, businesses, and families struggle to recover. This additional funding is necessary to address the scope of this unprecedented emergency as unemployment rates are expected to rise and stay high through the next year.
Call to Action
GBFB continues to be there for our neighbors in need, providing vital food assistance to support healthy lifestyles. Now more than ever, food access and food security are issues of equity.
Please join us in taking on this crisis and ensuring that no one goes hungry.