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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $22.5 Million to Strengthen the Massachusetts Food Supply System

For immediate release:
4/14/2022
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $22.5 Million to Strengthen the Massachusetts Food Supply System

Troy Wall, Communications Director

WorcesterThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced $22.5 million in funding to food producers across the Commonwealth, continuing ongoing efforts to address food insecurity issues exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. During an event today at the Worcester Regional Food Hub, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux joined with U.S. Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Jim McGovern to announce the funding of 147 total projects through the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program. Grants from the program, which was created to ensure individuals and families have equitable access to healthy, local food products, will directly benefit people in every region of the state.

“Through the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program, our Administration has been able to foster stronger partnerships with foodbanks, pantries, farms and other organizations throughout the Commonwealth to meet the demand of so many living with food insecurity,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Importantly, this $22.5 million in funding will go towards impactful projects that will increase operations of our food producers and suppliers and better serve the individuals who truly need their assistance.”

“Ensuring children, their families, and all individuals have access to healthy, local food products is critical, particularly as so many continue to be detrimentally impacted by the pandemic,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our Administration is proud to work so closely with the Commonwealth’s farmers, food distributors, non-profit organizations, and others as we partner to strengthen the state’s food supply chains.”

“The Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program has become a catalyst for the Baker-Polito Administration in our efforts to make a more resilient food supply system,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Since the program’s inception during the early months of the COVID-19 public health emergency, we have funded over 507 projects throughout Massachusetts, greatly aiding those in need.”

The Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program seeks to ensure local food producers are better connected to a robust and resilient food supply system in order to mitigate future food supply and distribution disruption issues. This year’s recipients of grant funding represent a variety of sectors, including farms, fisheries, schools, nonprofits, for profits, food pantries, municipalities, distributors/suppliers, and other entities. Additionally, during the event, US Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Jim McGovern announced $3 million in federal funds for the Worcester Regional Food Hub’s new facility at Union Station.

“The Worcester Regional Food Hub plays a critical role in addressing food insecurity in Massachusetts,” said Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts). “I am proud to have helped secure $3 million in federal funding for the remodeling of the lower-level of Union Station to become the Foods Hub’s new permanent location. Worcester is the heart of the Commonwealth and Union Station is the heart of Worcester, making it the perfect location for this integral piece in the regional food system in central Massachusetts.”

“This is a huge day for Worcester. The $3,000,000 investment that Senator Markey and I secured for the Worcester Regional Food Hub is going to kick this project into high gear—bringing local farmers, entrepreneurs, and community partners together to bolster a more robust food system, promote healthy eating, strengthen sustainable agriculture, and fuel economic development throughout the region,” said Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts). “In addition to the $1,000,000 in funding I helped secure for the Food Hub in the American Rescue Plan, and the major statewide investments being announced today by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, I am confident that we are building a more just, healthy, and sustainable commonwealth.”

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program in May 2020 as part of a $56 million investment to combat urgent food insecurity for many Massachusetts families and individuals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program implements the recommendations of the Food Security Task Force, comprised of public and private members charged with ensuring food insecurity and food supply needs are addressed during the COVID-19 public health emergency, which was convened by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center in response to increased demands for food assistance.

“The Baker-Polito Administration’s unprecedented commitment to building a more resilient, sustainable food system has helped Massachusetts agriculture invest in long-term and impactful solutions to address food security for our consumers,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. “With the latest round of funding for the Food Security Infrastructure Grant program, farms and producers will be able to update aging infrastructure while making improvements for their businesses to help ensure more residents have access to local, fresh products.”

“When the Food Security Task Force first conceived of the FSIG program, there was a nation-wide protein shortage, spiking food insecurity rates, and significant supply chain disruptions,” said State Senator Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). “Now, almost two years later, the Commonwealth’s food system infrastructure has been strengthened permanently, thanks in large part to FSIG grants. Because of FSIG investment in food system infrastructure, the Commonwealth will be able to produce and distribute more food, feed more people, and fight hunger and food insecurity now and for years to come. I thank my colleagues in the legislature for their steadfast commitment to funding this program and to fighting food insecurity and I offer heartfelt thanks to everyone at EEA and MDAR who work every day to make this program more and more successful.”

“Food insecurity is a complex problem existing at the nexus of economic opportunity, transportation, regional planning, environmental sustainability, and of course, COVID-19,” said State Senator Becca Rausch (D-Needham). “Far too many Bay Staters are struggling to keep food on the table through these difficult economic times. As my colleagues and I continue to assist constituents with food access, it is critical that we also work systemically and equitably to bolster our Commonwealth’s food supply chains to promote the well-being of Massachusetts’ children and families.”

“The Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program is a tremendously valuable investment in our local food system and a critical component in increasing the supply of healthy food to our residents in need,” said State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury). “While the Program was developed in response to the initial urgent challenges of lack of access and supply of food during the pandemic, the overwhelming, ongoing demand and measurable impact clearly illustrates the necessity of continued funding. I am grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for their strong partnership in addressing food insecurity and supporting local producers.”

“The Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program is a great investment by the Commonwealth in cities and towns facing food insecurity like Worcester,” said Worcester Regional Food Hub Director Shon Rainford. “The capital grant we received from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will help tremendously in advancing this important opportunity to connect Worcester families with accessible, local, and healthy food by bringing together the region’s food hub with the region’s transportation hub.”

In the first year of the program, awardees have been able to make local, fresh food production more efficient and accessible, lower the production cost, and increase distributors' ability to partner with SNAP, EBT, and other organizations. The awardees for this round of grants include:

  • Christopher Grant DBA Grant Family Farm (Essex, MA): $135,824
  • The Little Black Cow Dairy LLC (Westminster, MA): $9,484
  • Lisa T. Corp (Gloucester, MA): $69,908
  • Boston Sword and Tuna (Boston, MA): $420,491
  • Cape Seafoods Inc. (Gloucester, MA): $482,257
  • A.P. Fish Company, Inc. (Worcester, MA): $279,841
  • Aquacultural Research Corporation (Dennis, MA): $391,670
  • The Gray House, Inc. (Springfield, MA):  $17,383
  • Crimson & Clover Farm (Florence, MA): $325,000
  • Norwood Public Schools Food Service Department (Norwood, MA): $27,099
  • ZNK FISHERIES, INC. (Plymouth, MA): $24,250
  • Carver Public Schools (Carver, MA): $14,690
  • Boat Santa Rita II Inc (Peabody, MA): $80,575
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro South (Taunton, MA): $119,956
  • Four Corner's Farm (Worthington, MA) $3,500
  • Northborough-Southborough Regional School District (Southborough, MA): $18,595
  • Seeds of Solidarity Education Center (Orange, MA): $8,314
  • Honey Pot Produce Co. Inc. (Hadley, MA): $78,713
  • Stillmans Greenhouse & Farm Stand, Inc (New Braintree, MA): $79,384
  • The Farm School (Athol, MA): $111,927
  • Heart Beets Farm (Berkley, MA): $1,500
  • Roots Rising (Pittsfield, MA): $430,219
  • Tremont Fisheries LLC (Lakeville, MA): $376,100
  • Waltham Boys & Girls Club (Waltham, MA): $40,905
  • Littleton Community Farm (Littleton, MA): $26,585
  • Regional Environmental Council (Worcester, MA): $73,958
  • Brookfield Farm (Amherst, MA): $39,840
  • F/V Underwing (Kingston, MA): $120,995
  • Clover Hill Farm, LLP (Gilbertville, MA): $46,614
  • Cultivating Solutions LLC dba Winter Moon Roots (Hadley, MA): $175,123
  • Elliot Farm LLC (Lakeville, MA): $211,323
  • Bellingham Farmstand & Community Garden (Bellingham, MA): $22,755
  • BFI/WHA Terraponics Program (Worcester, MA): $371,929
  • Milton Public Schools (Milton, MA): $11,927
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank (Lowell, MA): $8,200
  • Miss Emma Lobster & Crab LLC (New Bedford, MA): $60,426
  • Atlas Farm LLC (Deerfield, MA): $453,906
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield (Westfield, MA): $169,008
  • PACE, Inc. (New Bedford, MA): $79,383
  • Blackstone Millville Regional School District (Blackstone, MA): $55,024
  • Arcadian Farms, Inc. (Holliston, MA): $34,893
  • Backyard Growers (Gloucester): $48,282
  • Brockton Public Schools (Brockton, MA): $240,193
  • Berkshire Grown, Inc. (Great Barrington): $12,517
  • Woven Roots Farm (Tyringham): $249,687
  • Berkshire Wildflower Honey LLC dba Mill River Farm (Great Barrington): $68,700
  • Epiphany School (Dorchester): $243,418
  • Full Well Farm LLC (Adams): $72,678
  • Grow in Revere, Food Hub (Revere, MA): $99,734
  • D.A. Smiarowski Farms (Sunderland, MA): $28,000
  • Letts Trucking Inc.  - FV Addy Rose is in the fishing industry (Fairhaven, MA): $196,698
  • Greenfield Public Schools - School Nutrition Department (Greenfield, MA): $146,332
  • Tony's Seafood Inc. (Seekonk, MA): $495,636
  • Truro Community Kitchen (North Truro, MA): $37,853
  • Plainville Farm (Hadley, MA): $33,837
  • Salem Food and Nutrition Services (Salem, MA): $149,509
  • Massachusetts Military Support Foundation (Buzzards Bay, MA):   $246,390
  • The Urban Food Iniative d/b/a Daily Table (Dorchester, MA): $499,068
  • Eva's Garden (South Dartmouth, MA): $79,890
  • Chicopee Public Schools Food Service Department (Chicopee, MA): $482,836
  • Olsen Farm (Lanesborough, MA): $18,082
  • Wulf Fish Wholesale, LLC (Boston, MA): $104,324
  • Red Fire Farm (Montague, MA): $500,000
  • Simple Gifts Farm, LLC (Amherst, MA): $75,517
  • Mill City Grows (Lowell, MA): $17,694
  • North Attleborough School Department (North Attleborough, MA): $43,709
  • Royal Crest Farm, LLC. (Spencer, MA): $105,632
  • Hart Farm (Conway, MA): $16,583
  • Fairfields Dairy Farm LLC (Williamstown): $490,002
  • Grandeur Enterprises, LLC D.B.A.: Ferullo's Seafood (Boston, MA): $489,874
  • Coastal Foodshed, Inc. (New Bedford, MA): $100,689
  • Overlook Food Awareness Resource of Massachusetts (FARM), Inc. (Rutland, MA): $18,062
  • City of Holyoke/Holyoke Public Schools (Holyoke, MA): $500,000
  • Gaining Ground (Concord, MA): $27,291
  • Legit Fish Inc. (Boston, MA): $245,000
  • Sawyer Farm (Worthington, MA): $61,856
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Fitchburg, MA): $176,600
  • Harper's Farm & Garden LLC (Lancaster, MA): $38,981
  • Abundance Farm (Northampton, MA):$291,505
  • Calamari Fisheries Inc (Boston, MA): $114,733
  • Just Roots, Inc. (Greenfield, MA): $53,096
  • Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance, Inc. (Chatham, MA): $21,191
  • Boston Smoked Fish Co. (Boston, MA): $63,595
  • Newton Community Farm, Inc. (Newton, MA): $22,893
  • MetroWest YMCA (Framingham, MA): $58,474
  • Fisherman's Wharf Gloucester (Gloucester, MA): $153,120
  • Wellwood Farm (Barre, MA): $28,850
  • World Farmers (Lancaster, MA): $408,001
  • Sidehill Farm LLC (Hawley, MA): $63,791
  • Round the Bend Farm (South Dartmouth, MA): $62,519
  • Mapleline Farm, LLC (Hadley, MA): $174,891
  • Pip & Anchor, LLC (Nantucket, MA): $287,575
  • Worcester Regional Strategic Opportunities Foundation, Inc (Worcester, MA): $494,085
  • Freedom Food Farm, LLC (Raynham, MA): $108,709
  • Beaus Seafood Company Inc. (Boston, MA): $86,709
  • Yellow Stonehouse Farm (Westfield, MA): $32,255
  • Farmer Dave's LLC (Dracut, MA): $341,727
  • Fruit Fair Supermarket (Chicopee, MA): $497,701
  • All Farmers (Springfield, MA): $246,476
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services (Springfield, MA): $68,985
  • The Neighborhood Farm, LLC (Westport, MA): $308,551
  • Mesivta of Greater Boston (Brighton, MA): $148,784
  • Sunny's Seafood Inc (Boston, MA): $76,500
  • Greenagers, Inc. (South Egremont, MA): $75,557
  • Adams Farm Slaughterhouse LLC (AFS) (Athol, MA): $202,840
  • Friends of Sholan Farms dba Sholan Farms (Leominster, MA): $64,979
  • Diemand Egg Farm, Inc. (Wendell, MA): $189,576
  • Sweet Brook Beef Company (Williamstown, MA): $30,000
  • The Kitchen Garden, LLC (Sunderland, MA): $60,205
  • Blue Stream Shellfish LLC (Ware, MA): $205,672
  • CommonWealth Kitchen (Boston, MA): $500,000
  • Holiday Brook Farm LLC (Dalton, MA): $46,352
  • Chatham Harvesters Cooperative (Chatham, MA): $31,675
  • Upswing Farm LLC (Pepperell, MA): $112,330
  • McKinstry Market Garden INC. (Chicopee, MA): $76,228
  • COMMUNITY FARMS OUTREACH d/b/a WALTHAM FIELDS COMMUNITY FARM (Waltham, MA): $111,461
  • Siena Farms, LLC (Sudbury, MA): $302,381
  • Lexington Community Farm (Lexington, MA): $106,521
  • City Fresh Foods, Inc. (Roxbury, MA): $487,000
  • Bay-Breeze Inc d.b.a Westport Sea Farms (Westport, MA): $39,200
  • Sustainable CAPE Center for Agriculture Preservation and Education (Truro, MA): $57,592
  • Cape Ann Fresh Catch Inc (Gloucester, MA): $149,321
  • Lyonsville Farm (Charlemont, MA): $167,400
  • Reed Farm, LLC (Greenfield, MA): $500,000
  • Nourishing the North Shore (Newburyport, MA): $11,920
  • Greenfield Farmer's Market (Greenfield, MA): $862
  • Go Fresh Mobile Market (Springfield, MA): $112,176
  • Newhall Fields Community Farm, Inc. (Peabody, MA): $12,747
  • Nubian United Benevolent International Association (Boston, MA): $114,951
  • Centre Street Food Pantry (Newton, MA): $61,815
  • Shellfish Broker LLC (South Chatham, MA): $26,588
  • Flying Carrot Farm (Dartmouth, MA): $66,389
  • Fishing Vessel Mystic (Hanover, MA): $152,240
  • Stone Soup LLC dba Langwater Farm (Easton, MA): $153,179
  • Agric Organics (Wilbraham, MA): $45,627
  • Ian Allen Farms (Sheffield, MA): $137,329
  • Ascia Foods, LLC (Roxbury, MA): $435,887
  • Hager Bros. Farm LLC. ( Colrain, MA): $57,397
  • The Dwelling Place (Woburn, MA): $8,000
  • North Plain Farm (Housatonic, MA): $39,963
  • Red Shirt Farm (Lanesborough, MA): $77,591
  • Henry M & Edward A Parsons dba Mayval Farm (Westhampton, MA): $181,922
  • Wellspring Harvest Corporation (Indian Orchard, MA): $42,379
  • Martha's Vineyard Public Schools (Oak Bluffs, MA): $223,823
  • DaSilva Farm (Rehoboth, MA): $12,214
  • The Common Good Project (Dorchester, MA): $151,000
  • Westward Orchards Inc (Harvard, MA): $168,802

Since 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded over $58 million in grants to 507 projects across the Commonwealth through the grant program. For more information regarding the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program, please visit the program’s webpage.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $22.5 Million to Strengthen the Massachusetts Food Supply System

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

EEA seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 

The Department’s mission is to help keep the Massachusetts’ food supply safe and secure, and to work to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.
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