Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

April 17, 2023

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

More than 1,500 amendments have been filed to the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means draft budget (H3900). Representatives now have a week to review and consider these amendments before debating and voting on a final budget the week of April 24.

Representatives may choose to cosponsor as many amendments as they wish, to show support for efforts that serve their communities. They need to hear from you about the items that are most important to you and your neighbors, so please take this opportunity to review the amendments in this article as well as others, and contact your Representatives to let them know your priorities.

Dozens of these amendments relate to Massachusetts’ food system, proposing investments in local programs and projects, as well as in statewide efforts. The Collaborative has prioritized five amendments:

#256. Local Food Policy Council Grant Program, $250,000, Rep. Sabadosa. This amendment will renew this over-subscribed grant program, which helps local stakeholders increase food security in their communities.

#265. Healthy Incentives Program Funding, $14,000,000, Rep. Kane. This funding will ensure that this successful program will continue to grow, supporting healthy families and sustainable farms.

#461. Food Literacy, $1,250,000, Rep. Vargas. This funding will support DESE and MDAR in expanding opportunities for students to learn about nutrition, culinary skills, and other food system issues.

#948. Food System Coordinator, Reps. Duffy and Donahue. This amendment would create a new staff position in the administration to facilitate collaboration and coordination among agencies that support the food system.

#1131. Dairy Promotion Grant Program, $100,000, Rep. Blais. This funding will be directed to the state’s grant program that promotes and helps sustain local dairy farmers, a program that is consistently oversubscribed.

Totaling less than .02% of the proposed budget, these five amendments would represent a tremendous boost to our food security, our local economy, our climate resilience, and the growth of a sustainable, equitable food system.

Below is a table of food system budget items under discussion in the House. We urge stakeholders to contact legislators in support of these items, as well as any amendments supporting local earmarks in your communities.

For more information about how to support these asks, see these organizations/resources


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