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Food Access, Security and Health 2.3.4
Provide additional reimbursement to community partners that are managing more SNAP applications since the DTA’s change to program administration.
Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.1
Leverage and maximize the FINI grant award to increase use of SNAP and complementary benefit programs at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and for community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Identify, support, and implement methods to sustain FINI-related healthy food purchasing incentive initiatives.
Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.2
Fund the FINI-HIP Trust Fund. The FINI-HIP Trust will enable DTA to engage statewide community partners and private funders to accept financial commitments to support the HIP implementation.
Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.3
Identify method for expanding healthy food purchasing incentives to all SNAP retailers statewide including grocery stores, corner stores and bodegas.
Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.4
Encourage Massachusetts’ congressional delegation to continue and increase funding for the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP).
Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.5
Conduct outreach to promote the success and benefit of the FMNP.
Food Access, Security and Health 3.1.6
Provide capacity and technical assistance to farmers markets to accept WIC and senior FMNP.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.1.1
Re-introduce contemporary home economics curricula to public middle and high schools. Contemporary home economics classes could involve an integrated curriculum including basic cooking techniques, MyPlate education, local agriculture education, food budget principles, food safety, nutrient information and labeling, and food-related health benefits and risks.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.1.2
Encourage and support nutrition education that is age-appropriate for students in elementary schools.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.2.1
Provide financial incentives to school districts and academic institutions to modify contracts for local food procurement to include requirements or incentives for food service providers to serve more healthy local foods. Set goals for local food procurement of between 10% and 20% and include mechanisms that increase the transparency of the food procurement process and insure that the “local” origin can be verified.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.2.2
Expand existing, and support new, farm-to-school programming to increase the amount of healthy and locally produced foods purchased and served by pre- and K-12 schools, childcare, and after-school facilities. Incentivize expansion and creation of farm-to-school programs with public and private funds to support school districts.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.2.3
Increase healthy and local food distribution to small-scale food purchasers, including childcare and after-school facilities. Evaluate ongoing efforts, identify new approaches, and launch pilot projects as needed to achieve this.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.2.4
Increase the number of schools that have full service kitchens, and provide additional training for food service staff.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.3.1
Maximize usage of USDA school food programs, including National School Food Lunch, School Breakfast, and Fruit and Vegetable Programs. Encourage school districts to adopt the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Support the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in efforts to develop and adopt guidance that clarifies how funding will be allocated for CEP-eligible school districts.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.3.2
Support the expansion of complementary programs, such as Project Bread’s Chefs in Schools, that support schools in creating appealing, healthy, and local school lunch menus.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.3.3
Support more schools and school districts in implementing programming that serves breakfast in the classroom. Support increased awareness of Massachusetts DESE guidance to school districts that breakfast is counted as “time on learning.”
Food Access, Security and Health 4.3.4
Support expanded use of USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program, including efforts to increase funding and participation and reduce and streamline paperwork.
Food Access, Security and Health 4.3.5
Maximize use of USDA’s Summer Food Program and support efforts that promote and expand the program where there is demonstrated need, underuse, and where there are opportunities to co-locate Summer Food Programs.
Food Access, Security and Health 5.1.1
Incorporate food insecurity screenings and referrals to food assistance resources into regular practice for visits to the doctor’s office or clinic. Encourage health care institutions to partner with agencies that can provide SNAP enrollment assistance to patients, and encourage utilization of benefit enrollment centers to provide referrals for patients in need of additional services.
Food Access, Security and Health 5.1.2
Support strategies to address immediate food needs of patients at doctors’ offices, hospitals, and health centers including scaling of programs in which doctors write prescriptions for patients to fill for fresh fruits and vegetables – at no cost –at local farmers markets and other retail outlets.