State legislators meet to discuss inequality issues in western Massachusetts

Hampshire County

State and community officials met on Tuesday to address economic and social inequality in western Massachusetts.

Food insecurity and homelessness continues to be an issue across western Massachusetts.

There was a community meeting at the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to find ways to put an end to food insecurities and find initiatives that address economic and social inequality here locally.

State Senator-Elect Jo Comerford, along with representatives from the Food Bank and Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness, were there to discuss what they hope to have accomplished next legislative session.

“I acknowledge the importance of western Massachusetts to our state and the need for regional equity,” State Senate President Karen Spilka said. “And I’m trying to put my money where my mouth is in doing it.”

Food insecurity costs Massachusetts $2.4 billion a year in healthcare. One in 10 people struggles with hunger, including 1 in 8 children don’t have enough to eat.

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