Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
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Community Food Assessments

Many cities, towns, and regions in Massachusetts have completed Community Food Assessments as a tool to help improve the food system in their area. Food Policy Councils often lead or contribute to these reports, or emerge as one of the primary recommendations from the assessments. An assessment includes gathering information on what food resources are […]

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Food Policy Councils in Massachusetts


Campaign for Food Literacy Steering Committee

The following 16 food literacy experts have helped to guide the campaign for food literacy by providing input on policy priorities, participating in events, and contributing to outreach efforts.

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2021-22 legislative activity

NOTE: this is an archived page of legislative activity from 2021-22. For current legislative activity, click here. The Massachusetts legislature is considering many bills in the 2021-22 session that relate to recommendations made in the 2015 Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan and the 2020 Perspectives on Resilience and Recovery report. This list includes bills that […]

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2022 HIP Holiday Resources

The Healthy Incentives Program gives SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) recipients in Massachusetts $40 to $80 each month to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, depending on the household size. The Collaborative has advocated for the HIP program over the last five years and secured increased state funding for this program. […]

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Organizations that Support Food Literacy

The following organizations support the Collaborative’s campaign to expand food system education in K – 12 schools in Massachusetts. Follow these links to learn more about the campaign and read the policy ask. To sign your organization on to the campaign, please click here. For more information, please reach out to Rebecca Miller at [email protected]

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Recommendations for Massachusetts

There are many ways in which Massachusetts can expand food system education so all students have access to this content and these essential life skills. Lawmakers and DESE should support food literacy curricula and programs through additional guidelines around teaching food system education, supported by additional funding and technical assistance. Other agencies and support organizations […]

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2022 Candidate Questionnaires

The Collaborative sent a questionnaire to all candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and state representative and senator in contested races that had filed paperwork with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. Below are the responses we have received. This page will continue to be updated as more responses come in. The Collaborative encourages […]

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Healthy Incentives Program Resources

Campaign for HIP Funding members have developed many resources for their local HIP consumers over the years. These resources include videos, templates for flyers, translated materials that can be printed out and distributed, and more! This page is intended as a resource for Campaign members and those who want to learn more about HIP. Resources […]

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Resources to expand food system education at your school

Many policy and programmatic changes will help to expand food system education across the state. In addition, there are many resources available to help districts, schools, and teachers that are interested in teaching food literacy. Using an existing food literacy curriculum may help to design a sequence of food lessons that build over time and […]

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