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With the completion of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan in December 2015, and the Plan's acceptance by the Massachusetts Food Policy Council a group of stakeholder organizations formed the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative (MFSC) to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the Plan. The Collaborative's work focuses on the four main goals of the Plan:

  • Increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods.
  • Create jobs and economic opportunity in food, farming and fishing, and improve the wages and skills of food system workers.
  • Protect the land and water needed to produce food, maximize environmental benefits from agriculture and fishing, and ensure food safety.
  • Reduce hunger and food insecurity, increase the availability of healthy food to all residents, and reduce food waste.

Projects led by the Collaborative bring together nonprofit trade and advocacy groups, businesses, academics, policymakers, and regulators, to further recommendations toward these goals. The Collaborative also works closely with the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, the Massachusetts legislature, and other public and private bodies that will also be working toward the goals of the Plan.

The Collaborative's steering committee is: 

  • Cris Coffin, Land for Good
  • James Harrison, The Food Project
  • Nathan L’Etoile, Massachusetts Forest Alliance/Four Star Farms
  • Vivien Morris, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition
  • Valerie Nelson, Water Alliance
  • Jennifer Rushlow, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Karen Schwalbe, ‎Southeastern Massachuetts Agricultural Partnership
  • Liz Sheehan-Castro, Worcester County Food Bank

The Director of the Collaborative is Winton Pitcoff.

The Outreach and Engagement Coordinator is Brittany Peats.

The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative is supported by the Sudbury Foundation, The Boston Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, the Merck Family Fund, the Island Foundation, the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, the Wild Geese Foundation, and the John Merck Fund. The Collaborative's fiscal sponsor is the Franklin County Community Development Corporation.