MA in Crisis
Food banks across Massachusetts have been placed under immense pressure over the last few weeks as the emergency unemployment benefits of $600-a-week have now expired. Since the start of the pandemic, the Greater Boston Food Bank has distributed more food than in any other time period in its history. However, concerns remain that the demand will surge to levels which are above the bank’s capacity. Communities are beginning to fear for their food security in a time when basic needs and the connection between hunger and healthcare are even more imperative. The federal government has not yet agreed on a new COVID relief package, leaving millions of unemployed Americans without money to put food on their tables. Furthermore, keeping Massachusetts food banks at or below capacity is necessary in helping people through the pandemic. Central MA Food Rescue is working tirelessly to meet the growing demand for fresh produce in the state.
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