Spotlight: Berkshire Interfaith Organizing

This month we put the spotlight on Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO). BIO is made up of clergy, their congregations and regional affiliates.  Together, grounded in faith, BIO seeks to improve the quality of life for all people in the Berkshires and statewide. BIO has prioritized hunger, food access, and access to transportation as key priority areas of focus this year.  Their Food Insecurity Team has been working diligently to find ways to alleviate hunger in their community.  Recently, they successfully campaigned to increase funding for Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP), which funds food banks across the state.

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Members of BIO’s Food Insecurity Team pose for a victory photo in response to the news that MEFAP had been awarded a Fiscal Year 2016 budget of $17,000,000.

BIO has joined MPHA’s Healthy Food Financing Working Group to help support and promote funding and implementation of the Massachusetts Food Trust Program.  They will host a lobby day at the State House on September 16th where members of the organization will come and speak to legislators on the need for funding the MFT Program, as well as educating them about Hunger Action Month.  To learn more about BIO check out their website here.

We’re thrilled to welcome BIO to our growing coalition of on the ground organizations working with MPHA to make statewide policy change happen!