2017-2018 Policy Priorities
Mass in Motion Funding
Mass in Motion is a program proven to reduce childhood obesity in communities by working closely with local schools, restaurants, convenience stores, food pantries, to offer healthier food and drink options as well as improving public parks and playgrounds.
Implementation of 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 would provide 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.
Greater Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
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. Spending SNAP dollars is also beneficial for the economy. It is estimated that for every $1 spent in SNAP benefits generates about $1.70 in economy activity.