Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

Projects

The Collaborative’s projects, networks, and activities.


Current legislative activity

The Massachusetts legislature is considering many bills in the 2021-22 session that relate to the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan. This list includes bills that most closely align with goals and recommendations from the Local Food Action Plan.

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Healthy Incentives Program

Campaign for Healthy Incentives Program Funding

The Collaborative leads the Campaign for HIP Funding to ensure that the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which provides fresh, healthy, local foods for SNAP recipients, receives increased funding to meet demand, operates year-round, and adds new farmers to fill gaps in program coverage.

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Food waste reduction

The Collaborative is working to reduce food waste in Massachusetts through research, advocacy and network building.

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Campaign for food system literacy

The Collaborative is facilitating a campaign to ensure that every K-12 public school student in MA has access to high-quality food system education.

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Farming

Farming in Massachusetts faces many challenges from high land costs, to insufficient education and technical assistance resources, to incongruent regulations, to an inadequate labor supply. The Collaborative works to connect agricultural organizations with food system policy and advocacy efforts designed to create a more secure and sustainable local food system.

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Race and equity in the food system

Our food system, like our country, was constructed within a systemically racist framework. As healthy food relies on healthy soil, a healthy food system relies on practices based on an understanding of this framework and a commitment to dismantling it.

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Urban Agriculture Coalition

The Collaborative is working with Mill City Grows and the Springfield Food Policy Council to organize skill sharing among urban agriculture organizations.

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Food policy council network

Food policy councils operate in many cities, towns and regions throughout Massachusetts with the goal to improve the local food system. The Collaborative supports their work through the Food Policy Councils Network.

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Municipal food policy

While the state limits the authority of municipalities to take action on certain issues, such as zoning, municipalities have significant power over their local food system – property taxes, public water and sewer systems, public school systems, local public health measures, public works and public safety all fall under a municipality’s jurisdiction to regulate. The value in municipal-level work to support the food system is significant.

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Massachusetts Food System Collaborative