BOSTON – Sen. Eric P. Lesser was recently honored by the Greater Boston Food Bank as one of its two “Public Advocates of the Year.”
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country.
Earlier this year, Senator Lesser was the lead State Senate sponsor on a budget amendment to increase funding to the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, which buys produce from local farms, including many in Western Massachusetts, to stock the state’s food banks. Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton was the lead House sponsor.
“I am humbled to receive this award and grateful to my colleagues in the legislature who have supported this program year after year,” said Sen. Lesser. “This funding supports local farms while also feeding families in need. Our communities in Western Massachusetts and across the Commonwealth are better off because of this emergency food assistance program, and because of the Greater Boston Food Bank’s commitment to it.”
“Senator Lesser took a leadership role in the Senate this past budget season to support an increase in the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, critical funding that enables the four Massachusetts food banks to purchase a consistent supply of nutritious food, including fresh, locally grown produce,” said Catherine D’Amato, GBFB president and CEO.
The GBFB traditionally honors one Senator and one Representative as “Public Advocates of the Year.” Rep. Adrian Madaro of East Boston was recognized along with Senator Lesser. GBFB provides the equivalent of more than 48 million healthy meals annually, distributed through its network of 530 member agencies across Eastern Massachusetts. A member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, GBFB is the main hub for the four food banks across the state.