Successfully Implementing the Massachusetts Food Trust
Too many Massachusetts communities have poor access to healthy food and lack access to local job opportunities. The Massachusetts Food Trust Fund provides loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanding health food retailers as well as local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities to increase access to healthy foods and boost economic development.
Supporting Continued Funding for Mass in Motion
Mass in Motion is a state program that works to lower the risk of chronic disease by creating communities that support healthy eating and active living. Eating better and moving more are powerful ways to stay healthy and prevent chronic disease. Mass in Motion is proven to reduce childhood obesity by working closely with local schools, restaurants, convenience stores and food pantries to offer healthier food and drink options. In addition, Mass in Motion increases access to healthy environments by improving public parks and playgrounds, and creating the conditions for people to move more where they live, learn, work, and play.
Mass in Motion works to ensure that disadvantaged people, who are most at-risk for chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes, benefit from these changes in policies and practices. This ensures that everyone has full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.
Closing the SNAP Gap
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enables low-income families to afford healthy and nutritious foods. In addition, SNAP also protects families from hardships and hunger. SNAP can help bridge the gap if a parent loses a job or an unexpected medical expense arises.
The “SNAP GAP” refers to the over 700,000 individuals in Massachusetts who are currently MassHealth recipients and are likely eligible for SNAP but are not receiving the benefit. The average SNAP benefit for a household in MA is $213 per month. Ensuring that as many low-income families as possible have access to adequate food reduces health care costs, improves educational outcomes, and has long-term positive effects on public health.