Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative


Updates on policy, programs, and perspectives from the MA food system.

Call to action: Contact representatives to support food system amendments!

June 25, 2024

This week the MA House of Representatives is considering H.4789, an economic development bond bill. Please call your representatives by THURSDAY (6/27/24) and urge them to support five amendments that would provide needed support for the Commonwealth’s local food system. Find your representative’s contact information here. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

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Senate budget complete, with increased food system investments

June 11, 2024

In late May, the Massachusetts Senate completed its budget debate, resulting in some budgetary wins for the local food system. The Senate budget includes $1,000,000 for food literacy, $250,000 for the local food policy council grant program, and $100,000 for the Cliff Effect Pilot Program.  The Senate budget funds the MDAR administrative budget at a […]

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Contact your Senators: Support food system amendments in FY25 Senate budget!

May 13, 2024

Last week, state senators filed 1,100 amendments have been filed to the Senate Ways and Means fiscal year 2025 draft budget. Senators now have a week to review and consider these amendments before debating and voting on a final budget starting on May 21st, 2024. Senators may choose to cosponsor as many amendments as they […]

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House Fiscal Year 2025 budget complete, Senate action in May

May 6, 2024

After the House Committee on Ways and Means released its FY25 budget draft, and the full House of Representatives debated the content, the House passed its proposed budget at the end of April. The debate ultimately failed to yield any new support for food system priorities, but did continue forward some important investments.  The House […]

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Contact your Representatives: Support food system amendments in House budget!

April 12, 2024

Almost 1,500 amendments have been filed to the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means draft budget (H4600). Representatives now have a week to review and consider these amendments before debating and voting on a final budget starting April 24. Representatives may choose to cosponsor as many amendments as they wish, to show support for efforts that […]

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Mass Food System Collaborative’s Analysis of the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Proposal

January 26, 2024

On January 24 Governor Healey released her second budget proposal, proposing continuing and increasing some important investments in a challenging fiscal environment. The Governor’s commitment to environmental justice is reaffirmed, proposing Environmental Justice liaisons across the EEA agencies to support community outreach, public hearings, and stakeholder involvement, and better align hiring practices and inter-agency coordination […]

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2023 MA Food System Forum – Workshop Summaries

January 5, 2024

250 people attended the 2023 MA Food System Forum on December 8th in Worcester. Attendees met and reconnected with each other over breakfast and lunch and attended lively workshops. Please see below for summaries of the workshops.  Morning Sessions What’s next for food waste reduction in Massachusetts?    This session focused on what is currently working […]

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Farmland Action Plan released

January 4, 2024

The Collaborative was glad to contribute to the state’s newly released Farmland Action Plan, after advocating for its creation a few years ago. The plan’s three primary goals of protection, access, and viability are deeply intertwined and interdependent, and it will take collaboration between many stakeholders to achieve the goals as they are laid out.  […]

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The 2023 MA Food System Forum: Agenda and Workshops

November 3, 2023

The 2023 Forum was held on Friday, Dec. 8th from 8am – 4pm at Holy Cross in Worcester. We look forward to strengthening the statewide food community, discussing important food topics, and developing skills so we can all advocate for a stronger, more equitable MA food system. As of December 5th, the Forum is sold out. […]

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2023 MA Food System Forum tickets now available!

October 10, 2023

The 2023 MA Food System Forum will take place on Friday, December 8th, at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester from 8 am – 4 pm. Purchase a ticket here. If the event fee of $50 is prohibitive, we have a limited number of scholarships. To apply for a Forum Scholarship, please fill […]

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