Successful 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 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.
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.
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.
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.