Announcing an Exciting Leap Forward for the MA Food Trust!

We are excited to announce some great news at the start of National Public Health Week! This morning, April 2, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) began accepting applications for a MA Food Trust Program administrator to lead the program and raise private funds to invest in local communities. This is a significant first step in getting the MA Food Trust fully launched! 

Getting here has been a long process. The Massachusetts Grocery Access Task Force first convened in 2011 and ultimately recommended the creation of the MA Food Trust Program to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in underserved communities throughout the Commonwealth. Through MPHA’s leadership and with the help of our partners and supporters, the MA Food Trust Program was enacted into law in 2014 and won dedicated funding in the FY18 state operating and capital budgets.
What’s next?
 
The MA Food Trust follows a successful model in which the program administrator plays a critical role. The administrator increases the amount available for grants and loans to healthy food retailers by leveraging state funding and raising private dollars. Once a program administrator is chosen, it will work with MDAR to design program guidelines. Funding for projects is expected to be available in the second half of this year. Click here to learn more.
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