On the Move: $6 Million for the Food Trust

Last night, the House approved an Economic Development bill which includes $6 million in capital dollars for the Massachusetts Food Trust! The action comes after nearly 4 years of intensive advocacy and organizing by MPHA, members of the Act FRESH Campaign, the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, the American Heart Association and many, many allies.

The Massachusetts Food Trust Program will provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities. The results of the program will be increased access to healthy, affordable food and quality jobs in low and moderate income communities.

This is an essential step toward victory, but the effort is far from over.  The Economic Development Bill moves on now to a series of committees before it is voted on by the House, Senate, and then sent to the Governor.

We would not have gotten this far without our partners and members strong and sustained advocacy – rallying at the State House, contacting elected officials, recruiting new supporters, testifying at hearings, and publishing Op-Eds and letters to the editor.  And we can’t stop now – we will need your help to win final passage. Stay tuned to learn more and get involved in the months ahead.

To learn more about this campaign and the benefits of the Massachusetts Food Trust, contact MPHA Coalition and Field Organizer, Kristina St. Cyr at: kstcyr@mapublichealth.org. Click here for all the details. You can also follow developments on Twitter at #MAFoodTrust and #HealthyFoodAccess.