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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces $27 Million in Federal Funding to Address Food Insecurity for Families and Individuals Affected by COVID-19

Funding awarded to 13 community foundations and MASSCAP to distribute to local programs
For immediate release:
8/30/2021
  • Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $27 Million in Federal Funding to Address Food Insecurity for Families and Individuals Affected by COVID-19

Michael Verseckes, Director of Media and Public Relations

BOSTONToday, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $27.1 million in federal CDBG-CV Food Security Program funding to 13 community foundations and the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP), which will be allocated to local programs within their respective service areas to address food insecurity for families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout.
 
“This funding is another way Massachusetts can ensure healthy food is on the tables of our most vulnerable and that residents, families and children remain food secure,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration remains committed to the partnerships and investments that will build a resilient food system that is better able to serve residents of the Commonwealth for years to come.”
 
“Massachusetts municipalities and communities have shown great resiliency in the face of unprecedented challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to put another $27 million to work for those who need it most,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We applaud the work of these community foundations, MASSCAP and so many other organizations helping people across Massachusetts."
 
“To continue to help families across the Commonwealth meet the challenges around food security created by the COVID-19 pandemic, these grants deliver funds to the local organizations that can efficiently get them into the refrigerators and pantries of our most vulnerable residents,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “This funding builds on the $15 million in state funding awarded to community foundations for vital services such as housing and utilities support, emergency childcare and transportation, and other unmet needs of the community.”

These food security grants complement other work by the Baker-Polito Administration to support families in need:

  • Earlier this month, the Administration announced a grant program to support farmers and farmers’ markets and expand local food access points for low-income residents across the Commonwealth.  
  • In partnership with the Legislature, and through the Community Foundations Grant Program for COVID-19 Relief, the Administration has delivered $15 million for vital services such as food security, housing and utilities support, emergency childcare and transportation, and other unmet needs of the community. 
  • The Administration has also invested $5 million in the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) to bring on 39 new retailers, and established a $36 million Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program, with $15 million in additional funds included in the FY22 Capital Plan

“The Baker-Polito Administration has prioritized addressing the increase of food insecurity across the Commonwealth resulting from economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “This addition of $27 million in food security funding builds off the many tools the Administration has employed, alongside national leadership in Pandemic EBT and maximizing all federal food assistance resources, to strengthen equitable access to healthy and culturally relevant food.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration continues to prioritize the urgent needs of residents across the Commonwealth that are struggling with food insecurity, and is building on its significant investments in Massachusetts’ local food system,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Through the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program and other critical efforts, the Administration is working with local fishermen, farmers, food banks, and food processors to enhance their operations and expand access to fresh, local food in vulnerable communities across the Commonwealth.

Each awardee of CDBG-CV Food Security Program funding will form partnerships with community action agencies, community development corporations, and other non-profit or for-profit organizations within their geographic areas that administer existing food security programs in areas identified as having a high prevalence of food insecurity. In addition, awardees will evaluate the potential to partner with other existing or new service delivery programs and models.

 “We are pleased to award these grants to these trusted organizations and their partners to provide nourishing food to those families and individuals still struggling with the impacts of COVID-19,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Jennifer Maddox. “These additional resources complement the Eviction Diversion Initiative and other administration programs that boost the critical safety nets for our most disadvantaged and at-risk communities.”
 
According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, CDBG-CV funds to address food security needs related to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic can used for food, labor, supplies, materials, and other costs required to run a food provision program. Food security activities can also extend to assistance for food banks, food delivery or pick up, and other food-access programs such as Meals on Wheels, or other services.

 

CDBG-CV Food Security Program Grantees

Grantee Award

 
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
 

 

$1,241,049

Cambridge Community Foundation
 

$1,100,000

The Cape Cod Foundation
 

$1,362,895

Essex County Community Foundation
 

$3,167,843

Greater Lowell Community Foundation
 

$1,652,859

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
 

$2,531,259

Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard
 

$1,188,374

MASSCAP
 

$4,129,887

Foundation for MetroWest
 

$1,150,000

Community Foundation for Nantucket
 

$1,849,416

Community Foundation of North Central MA
 

$1,716,314

South Coast Community Foundation
 

$2,986,186

Watertown Community Foundation
 

$450,000

Community Foundation of Western MA
 

$2,628,433

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces $27 Million in Federal Funding to Address Food Insecurity for Families and Individuals Affected by COVID-19

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