Massachusetts Food Trust

The Massachusetts Food Trust Program, established in law in 2014, would provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low and moderate income communities. This could include grocery stores, corner stores, farmer’s markets, mobile markets, community kitchens, food co-ops, food truck commissaries, indoor and outdoor greenhouses, and food distribution hubs.

MPHA and our partners won significant victories during the 2015-2016 legislative cycle by securing $6M in authorized capital funds and $100K in administrative funds for the Massachusetts Food Trust. Now, we must work hard to make sure that the capital funds are released to seed this important program. To help advocate for the Food Trust, please sign up for action alerts below.

The Facts   

Massachusetts Food Trust Fact Sheet

Massachusetts Food Trust Impact Sheet

2014 Environmental Bond Bill – Healthy Food Financing Language

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MA Food Trust in the News

MCG farmer's market -photo from Globe Article Jan 5

Data shows gateway cities, rural areas trapped in ‘grocery gap’ — State House News (April 12, 2017)

Program Pledging Healthy Foods in Low-Income Areas Lacks Funding — State House News (March 30, 2016)

Advocates press Baker to release funds for healthy foods initiative – The Boston Globe (Jan. 5, 2016)

MPHA Executive Director’s interview with the WRKO Morning Show (Jan. 7, 2016)

MPHA Exectutive Director and Dorchester Community Food Coop interview with WBUR Radio Boston (Jan. 7, 2016)

Op Eds and Editorials:

Boston Globe – Rebekah Gewirtz and Chris Flynn: Here’s hoping Governor Baker has hit on recipe for healthy food in needy areas (Sept. 26, 2016)

Boston Business Journal – Food is Big Business, Seek its Just Deserts (July 8, 2016) 

Everett Independent – Affordable Food: Everett’s Pathway to Health and Economic Vitality (Nov. 5, 2015)Woman shopping at Daily Table - from RadioBoston article

Berkshire Eagle – Lauren Levesque: Boosting health, economy with access to healthy food (Sept. 6, 2015)

Boston Globe — Rebekah Gewirtz: Mass could do more to boost access to healthy, affordable food (June 2, 2015)

Lowell Sun  – Affordable Food Area’s Pathway to Health and Economic Vitality (May 26, 2015)

Springfield Republican – Food needs should be addressed in budget: Editorial (May 18, 2015)

Additional Resources

Municipal Strategies to Increase Food Access Toolkit
A report that presents strategies and methods to increase food access and food production in municipal systems. The toolkit is a tool that municipal staff, board members and community food advocates can utilize to improve food access in their towns and cities.

Sowing Seeds at the State Level: How Legislatures Strengthen Local Food Systems
A webinar featuring MPHA, the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

Healthy Food Access Portal
Find contact information for your elected officials, here.

Good Food Massachusetts: Municipal Resource Guide
The purpose of this resource guide is to inform local leaders of many resources available to increase access to healthy, affordable food and to make Massachusetts municipalities a healthier place to live, work, learn, and play.

Supporting Organizations to Date

Click here to add your organization to the list.

 Act FRESH Campaign  Henry P. Kendall Foundation
 Allston Brighton Community  Development Corporation  Hilltown Community Development Corporation
 Allston Brighton Health  Collaborative  Hispanic-American Institute
 American Academy of Pediatrics – Massachusetts  Chapter  Historic Boston Inc.
 American Heart/Stroke Association  Hockomock Area YMCA
 Be Well Berkshires  Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council
 Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO)  Hospitality and Recreation Management Program, Quinsigamond  Community College
 Berkshire Regional Planning Commission  Joint Coalition on Health
 BOLD Teens/Codman Square Neighborhood Council  Local Enterprise Assistance Fund
 Boston Alliance for Community Health  Madison Park Development Corporation
 Boston Community Capital  Massachusetts Alliance of YMCAs
 The Boston Foundation  Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations
 Boston Public Health Commission  Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging
 Brighton Main Streets  Massachusetts Association of Health Boards
 Brockton Neighborhood Health Center  Massachusetts Dietetic Association
 Brockton 21st Century Corporation  Massachusetts Farm to School
 Brockton’s Promise Healthy Start Promise Team  Massachusetts Food Association
 Cambridge Food & Fitness Policy Council  Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
 Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission  Massachusetts Public Health Association
 Children’s Health Watch  Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition
 CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture)  Metropolitan Area Planning Council
 City Fresh Foods  Metro South Chamber of Commerce
 CitySprouts  MetroWest Moves
 CommonWealth Kitchen  Mill City Grows
 Community Development Partnership  Montachusett Regional Planning Commission
 Community Health Network Area 9  Neighboring Food Co-op Association
 Community Servings  New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
 Common Capital, Inc.  Northeast Harvest
 Conservation Law Foundation  Old Colony YMCA
 Conservation Law Foundation Ventures  Partners for a Healthier Community/Live Well Springfield
 Cooperative Fund of New England  Peppers Fine Catering
 Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation   Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
 Dorchester Community Food Coop  Regional Environmental Council of Central MA
 The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts  Roxbury in Motion
 The Food Trust  Springfield Food Policy Council
 Franklin County Community Development Corporation  Springfield Partners for Community Action
 Franklin Regional Council of Governments  Sustainable Nantucket
 The Fresh Truck  The Trustees of Reservations
 The Food Project  United Neighbors of Fall River
 Fun ‘N FITchburg  Vicente’s Tropical Market
 Greater Lowell Health Alliance  Voices for a Healthy South Coast
 Groundwork Lawrence  Worcester Common Ground, Inc.
 Growing Places  Worcester County Food Bank
 Health Care For All  Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council
 Health Care Without Harm  Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
 The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts
 Health Resources in Action