Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
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FSIG Grantee: Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market was founded in 2015 and has thirty vendors from across Massachusetts selling a variety of local products in a year-round, indoor space in downtown Boston. The pandemic closed the market to the public from March to September of 2020, a much longer closure than what they had originally anticipated. BPM also […]

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Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program: Profiles

In 2020, Massachusetts invested $36 million in grants to local food system enterprises, launching the Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of breakdowns in the food supply chain that resulted in food shortages at grocery stores, increased demand on the emergency food system, and heightened interest […]

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FSIG Grantee: Citizens for Citizens

Citizens for Citizens has been serving low income residents of southeastern Massachusetts since 1965. They run fuel assistance, SNAP application assistance, food pantry, and many other social service programs. Before COVID hit, they were serving 250-300 households per month at their food pantry, but during the spring of 2020 at the height of the pandemic […]

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FSIG Grantee: Mountain Girl Farm

Jen Barbeau has been farming on five acres in North Adams since 2015, raising chickens, ducks, goats for milk, fudge and soap, vegetables, and producing baked goods, pickles, jams, and more in an on-site kitchen. She has been a SNAP/HIP authorized farmer since 2017, and attends the North Adams farmers market. When the pandemic hit, […]

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FSIG Profile: Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market was founded in 2015 and has thirty vendors from across Massachusetts selling a variety of local products in a year-round, indoor space in downtown Boston. The pandemic closed the market to the public from March to September of 2020, a much longer closure than what they had originally anticipated. BPM also […]

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FSIG Grantee: Hilltown Mobile Market

The Hilltown CDC’s mobile market is in its third year, and purchases local produce from a number of small area farmers who would otherwise be traveling between up to 45 minutes to markets in Northampton or Pittsfield. There are few access points for local food in the Hilltowns, 22 towns between the Pioneer Valley and […]

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FSIG Grantee: Brockton Public Schools

Brockton Public Schools has 16,000 students, 4,000 of them at the high school. As part of a local collaborative that included members of the community, the city’s farmers market manager, school teachers, and administrators, they applied for an FSIG grant to purchase a Freight Farm and were awarded $118,000 to do so. Freight Farms are […]

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FSIG Grantee: Quincy Asian Resources

Quincy Asian Resources Inc. (QARI) was formed in 2001 to fill a gap in culturally and linguistically relevant social services. At the height of the pandemic in the summer of 2020 they began thinking about ways to connect consumers with local farms. They came up with an idea for an online ordering platform where customers […]

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FSIG Grantee: GreenRoots

Chelsea was one of the hardest hit communities in the Commonwealth from the disproportionate impacts of the pandemic and is home to GreenRoots, an environmental justice organization with a 20+ year history of community organizing for an improved urban environment and public health. GreenRoots partnered with Revival Church and the Salvation Army, both which operate […]

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FSIG Grantee: River Rock Farm

Lindsay and Charlie Sayer have been farming in Brimfield for more than 10 years, where they have a small herd of cattle on 28 acres. They sell their meat at farmers markets across the state and have a home delivery community supported agriculture (CSA) program. Lindsay applied to the FSIG program to purchase a second […]

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