N. Quabbin coalition sees state funding cut Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The North Quabbin Community Coalition, an organization that helps connect and organize services provided by 50 local and regional agencies, will receive $42,000 less than anticipated this fiscal year.
The decreased funding, which is effective Jan. 1 and reduces available Massachusetts Department of Public Health money, is part of a series of statewide cuts announced by Gov. Deval Patrick last week to counter a budget shortfall.
For the 29-year-old coalition, the cut will be “devastating,” said Executive Director Rebecca Bialecki. It will mean that hours for the organization’s two full-time and two part-time employees will be split in half.
In western Mass., we are experiencing a “new normal” state of food insecurity. More households than ever before are facing hunger for longer periods of time or for the first time...
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