Massachusetts Public Health Association

Category: Access to Healthy Food


New MA Local Food Action Plan Addresses Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods

On December 18, 2015, the Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA), Matthew Beaton, and the Commissioner of MA Department of Agricultural Resources, John Lebeaux, officially released the new “Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan” in Greenfield, MA. Commonly referred to as the “Food Plan,”…

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Economic Development Leaders Call on Governor to Release $2M for the Food Trust Program

Momentum has been building behind our call to Governor Baker to release funds for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program to increase access to healthy foods and jobs in low and moderate income communities.  Last week, 26 economic development leaders sent…

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Carlo DeMaria, Mayor of Everett and Kathleen O’Brien, Director of the Everett Community Health Partnership, Champion the MA Food Trust

On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 The Everett Independent published an OpEd titled, “Affordable Food: Everett’s Pathway to Health and Economic Vitality” by Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Kathleen O’Brien, Director of the Everett Community Health Partnership.  The article talks about the need…

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MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz Testifies before Committee on the Healthy Incentives Program

On October 13, 2015, MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz testified before the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities in support of S69, An Act establishing the healthy incentives program. The bill (sponsored by Senator Eileen Donoghue and Representative…

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MPHA Awards Mill City Grows’ Accomplishments

MPHA is pleased to present a Community Leadership Award to Mill City Grows. Founded in 2011 by co-founder Francey Slater and Lydia Sisson, this nonprofit organization focuses on the City of Lowell, MA, to “foster food justice by improving physical health, economic independence and…

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Let’s Get Healthy, Boston!

A collaborative project of the Boston Public Health Commission and the Boston Alliance for Community Health, Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! had its launch event on Saturday September 19th at the Roxbury YMCA.  To support the healthy eating aspect of the project…

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Strong, Beautiful Voices from the Berkshires

It’s not every day that vans full of advocates pull up to MPHA’s office in downtown Boston. But that’s exactly what happened this September. Over the summer MPHA established a relationship with the relatively new coalition, Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO),…

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Brockton Neighborhood Health Center Grand Opening Attended by Elizabeth Warren and MPHA Coalition and Field Organizer, Kristina St. Cyr

On Thursday, September 3, 2015 our partners in Brockton celebrated something innovative, collaborative, and exciting: the grand opening of Vicente’s Tropical Supermarket and the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC).  This opening demonstrates a unique collaboration across sectors, linking access to fresh,…

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MPHA Policy and Field Directors to speak at Food for Good conference in Amherst

Food For Good: Cultivating Sustainable Solutions to Hunger in Massachusetts will be held on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The statewide conference led by a steering committee of hunger activists is focused around cultivating solutions to hunger…

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MA Food System Plan to be Released on October 23

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the Massachusetts Food Policy Council, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, in collaboration with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, and Massachusetts Workforce Alliance, are collaborating on a Massachusetts…

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