In July 2009, Executive Order 509 (EO509) went into effect, making Massachusetts the first state to enact a state-wide food procurement policy for state agencies responsible for large-scale food purchasing. In order to implement the Executive Order, a survey was conducted of all agencies within the Executive Branch to determine which would be impacted by the new regulations. It was determined that EO509 would apply to the following nine state agencies that provide food to agency clients and patients:

  • Department of Children and Families
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Executive Office of Elder Affairs
  • Public Health Hospitals
  • Sheriff’s Department
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs

DPH then drafted nutrition standards for use by these agencies based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The standards encourage the use of healthier food options such as whole grains, lean proteins, skim and non-fat dairy and increased fruits and vegetables.

Find more information about EO 509 and the associated nutrition standards:


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.