The Massachusetts Food Trust Program, established in the legislature in 2014, would provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities. Securing financing for this program is a priority for MPHA. Over 1 million Massachusetts residents do not have adequate access to affordable food retailers.
News outlets across the state are drawing attention to the significance of this program. The Lowell Sun, The Boston Globe, and The Springfield Republican each published articles highlighting the need for this program. Explore the articles here:
- The Lowell Sun: “Affordable food area’s pathway to health and economic vitality“
- The Boston Globe: “Mass. could do more to bolster access to healthy, affordable food“
- The Springfield Republican: “Food needs should be addressed in budget: Editorial“
The food trust model has been successful in other states to increase access to healthy, affordable foods and increase economic opportunity. Funding the Massachusetts Food Trust Program is crucial to improve the health of all of our communities.