Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

June 11, 2024

Senate budget complete, with increased food system investments

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 similar level to the House for MDAR, but lowers the proposed amount for the Food Security Infrastructure Grant program to $10 million, from the Governor and House’s proposal of $25 million. 

The Senate also increased the amount proposed for the Healthy Incentives Program to $20 million, from the House’s $15 million and below the Governor’s full funding of $25 million. The Collaborative thanks the Senate for their leadership, and is also concerned that this amount will not be enough to ensure the program can continue to operate year-round without interruption, and serve more SNAP households that want to use this benefit. 

Both chambers have appointed members to a conference committee to reconcile the House and Senate budgets for approval and submission to the Governor. The state’s fiscal year ends on June 30, after which a new budget will hopefully be in place. 

See our updated budget table below, and our letter to the conference committee here.


 

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