With the completion of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan in December 2015, and the Plan's acceptance by the Massachusetts Food Policy Council a group of stakeholder organizations formed the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative (MFSC) to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the Plan. The Collaborative's work focuses on the four main goals of the Plan:
Projects led by the Collaborative bring together nonprofit trade and advocacy groups, businesses, academics, policymakers, and regulators, to further recommendations toward these goals. The Collaborative also works closely with the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, the Massachusetts legislature, and other public and private bodies that will also be working toward the goals of the Plan.
The Collaborative's steering committee is:
The Director of the Collaborative is Winton Pitcoff.
Our Communications Specialist is Alicia Cianciola.
The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative is supported by the Sudbury Foundation, The Boston Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, the Merck Family Fund, the Island Foundation, the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, the Wild Geese Foundation, and the John Merck Fund. The Collaborative's fiscal sponsor is the Franklin County Community Development Corporation.