Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP) Threatened

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts writes:

The Massachusetts House Ways and Means has cut MEFAP by $4 million (33%) in its proposed fiscal year 2010 budget beginning July 1st.

MEFAP is important because hungry children need good nutrition to do their best in school.  The elderly have medical needs that are exacerbated when they go hungry due to lack of food. MEFAP keeps people healthy and reduces public health costs.  MEFAP supplies important protein-rich foods that help us provide a nutritious and balanced diet to MORE vulnerable individuals and families than ever before during these hard economic times.

Take 2 minutes to call your state representative TODAY:

  1. Urge her/him to support Amendment #527 & #636 which would restore MEFAP to its current level of $12 million. (To see a list of state representatives, go to www.foodbankwma.org/action.htm.)
  2. Then, tell her/him how important MEFAP is to struggling families in your towns and cities.

Questions? Call The Food Bank of Western MA at 413-247-9738 and ask for Agency Relations.

2 Comments

  1. November 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Ariana,

    Where do you live? I’ve posted some community food resources in Western Mass below. Another resource is First Call for Help at 800-339-7779.

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    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE
    [Apply for food stamps; cash assistance – walk-in]

    Holyoke Office, 100 Front Street, PO Box 1370, Holyoke 01041 413-552-5400
    Serving: Blandford, Montgomery, Russell and other Hampden County towns

    Pittsfield Office, 160 North Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield 01201 413-236-2000
    Serving: Becket, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Otis and Berkshire County

    Springfield Office, 95 Liberty Street, Springfield 413-858-1000
    Serving: Granville, Tolland and other Hampden County towns

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    Not Bread Alone – Free meals and friendship are offered to all adults and children every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst. Volunteer help is welcome. 256-0128.

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    Northampton Survival Center & Hilltown Pantry
    413-586-6564 http://www.theNSC.org

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    FOOD STAMPS ONLINE
    Go to “Apply for SNAP/Food Stamps Online,” or click HERE
    Individuals may use this site to apply for food stamps

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    Food Bank of Western Mass
    Tele: 800-247-9632

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    HILLTOWN SOCIAL SERVICES
    PO Box 444, 9 Russell Road, Huntington 01050
    413-667-2203
    Call for an appointment to apply for food stamps, fuel assistance; help with medical coverage, S.H.I.N.E. representative; job search; information and referral for local services
    dmeehan@hchcweb.org and jbergeron@hchcweb.org

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    HUNTINGTON FOOD PANTRY/Pioneer Valley Assembly of God Church
    413-667-3166
    63 Old Chester Road, Huntington 01050
    Serving: Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, and Worthington
    Open: Thursdays 9A.M. – 6P.M.

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    W.I.C. (Link)
    Women, Infants, and Children’s nutritional counseling and free checks for healthy food program for pregnant and breast-feeding women and children, newborn – age 5

  2. ariana rosa said,

    November 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    hi mi name is ariana i have 1 baby sche have 11 month i look for help.


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