Support mobile farmers markets and mobile grocery markets through local food policy councils, anchor institutions, nonprofits, and agency resources. Encourage partnerships with local transit authorities, farms, distributors, farmers markets, and other transportation providers.
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The Boston Public Market, which opened its doors in July 2015 with nearly 40 local and regional farm, fish and food vendors as well as 200 small businesses, will have a positive economic impact for businesses in the state food system. Open year-round, five days a week and carrying only items produced or originating in New England, this kind of market is quite unusual. Vendors will benefit from the increased demand from the market, and meeting this demand could mean that they are able to expand their operations. More demand is likely to translate into more jobs, with vendors and with the Boston Public Market.
The Boston Public Market welcomes SNAP benefits, as well as Boston Bounty Bucks. In their demonstration kitchen, the Boston Public Market will offer workshops and events, some free of charge, that will inspire cooking with local foods.
Related Actions: Fishing 3.1.1, Fishing 3.1.2, Fishing 3.1.3, Fishing 3.1.4, Fishing 3.1.5, Fishing 3.1.6, Fishing 3.1.7, Fishing 3.1.8, Fishing 3.1.9, Distribution 2.1.1, Distribution 2.1.2, Distribution 2.1.3, Distribution 2.2.1, Distribution 2.2.2, Distribution 4.1.5, FASH 7.4.1, FASH 7.4.2, FASH 7.4.3, FASH 7.4.4
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The UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester supports several efforts in distressed, food-insecure neighborhoods to improve nutrition among vulnerable residents and increase access to healthy food. In collaboration with the City of Worcester and the Regional Environmental Council (REC), the hospital supports the Grant Square Community Garden in Worcester’s Bell Hill neighborhood. Established in 2010, the garden has 30 raised beds that are maintained by youth gardeners and residents. Produce is harvested from the garden and made available in the neighborhood, as well as to 15 stops in food insecure areas across the city through the REC’s “Veggie Mobile” farmers market. Hospital funds also support the doubling of SNAP benefits at Veggie Mobile sites.
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More than a dozen food policy councils in the state function as forums where people from different community organizations, neighborhoods, and government agencies can work together to help make local food more accessible and increase opportunities for healthier living. Efforts are wide ranging, depending on local needs. The Springfield Food Policy Council, for example, is focused on bringing a full-line grocery store to the chronically underserved “food desert” Mason Square neighborhood. The Franklin County Food Council is encouraging institutions to buy at least ten percent of the food they serve from local farms and businesses. And the Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network recently produced a comprehensive food security assessment that is helping to guide community food system development efforts in the New Bedford and Fall River area.
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Tropical Foods is more than a supermarket – it’s a community institution. An independent grocery store that has been family run for more than 50 years, Tropical Foods is a bedrock in the transitioning community of Dudley Square – employing 100 local people, some for over 14 years, with continued training and growth opportunities.
Tropical Foods sources their products from Massachusetts whenever possible, and focus on providing fresh and healthy foods that are culturally familiar to their Latin American, Asian, and African customer base from nearby neighborhoods.
Related Actions: Distribution 1.3.1, Distribution 1.3.2, Distribution 1.3.3, Distribution 1.3.4, FASH 7.4.1, FASH 7.4.2, FASH 7.4.3, FASH 7.4.4, FASH 7.5.1, FASH 7.5.2, FASH 7.5.3, FASH 7.5.4, Workforce 1.1.1, Workforce 1.1.2, Workforce 1.1.3, Workforce 1.1.4, Workforce 1.1.5, Workforce 1.2.1, Workforce 1.2.2, Workforce 1.3.1, Workforce 1.3.2, Workforce 1.3.3, Workforce 1.3.4, Workforce 1.4.1, Workforce 1.4.2, Workforce 1.4.3, Workforce 1.4.4, Workforce 1.4.5, Workforce 1.4.6, Workforce 1.4.7, Workforce 1.4.8, Workforce 1.5.1, Workforce 1.6.1, Workforce 1.6.2, Workforce 1.6.3, Workforce 1.7.1, Workforce 1.7.2, Workforce 1.7.3, Workforce 1.7.4, Workforce 1.7.5, Workforce 1.8.1, Workforce 1.8.2, Workforce 1.8.3