Food Access and Health

Many of our residents lack the resources to access fresh and healthy food. This group, made up of health professionals, food banks and active community members, have been working to build connections and combine efforts to increase local food production and make healthy food affordable and accessible to all.

Picking up some groceries at the local food co-op, Quabbin Harvest (Photo credit to Quabbin Harvest)


Current initiatives:

  1. Advocate for permanent funding for the Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
    • For more information on HIP advocacy, please visit the MA Food System Collaborative HIP project page
  2. Share information about food access policy

Potential Initiatives:

  1. Connect food surpluses (farms, supermarkets, institutions) with food pantries
  2. Help make the Quabbin Harvest co-op successful
  3. Identify sites for small-scale food processing and storage
  4. Increase support for local farms to sell food locally

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the working groups, please contact Kat Kowalski at

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