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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Food Security Grants to Local Farms

For immediate release:
12/05/2022
  • Department of Transitional Assistance

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Food Security Grants to Local Farms

Alana Davidson, Director of Communications

BostonToday the Baker-Polito Administration announced that 65 farmers and farmers’ markets were awarded over $95,000 in equipment grants to expand local food access points for residents with low incomes across the Commonwealth. This third round of awards provided equipment at no cost to direct-marketing farms and farmers’ markets to facilitate the acceptance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at mobile markets.

“This grant program reflects the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to connect Massachusetts households with healthy and culturally accessible food in support of a strong local food system,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “We continue to promote food security across the Commonwealth, building on the success of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program and the addition of over 100 new Healthy Incentives Program vendors.”

The grant program was offered through the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and with financial support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“DTA continues to work with our agricultural partners to expand equitable SNAP access points, enabling the over 600,000 households who receive SNAP to buy local food in the communities where they live. This grant program also brings critical economic support into our state’s food system, supporting Massachusetts farmers and their employees,” said Department of Transitional Assistance Acting Commissioner Mary Sheehan.

“We were pleased to work with DTA which enabled additional Massachusetts farms and farmers’ markets the ability to process SNAP benefits,” said John Lebeaux, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. “Local farms and farmers’ markets having the ability to accept SNAP payments brings new customers to our local farm businesses and increases access to fresh, local foods for Massachusetts residents.”

In total, this grant provided SNAP-processing equipment and services valued at over $160,000 to 110 farms and farmers’ markets. Learn about the first and second previous rounds of funding.

The application round was open April 20, 2022 through September 30, 2022. Farms and farmers’ market used this funding to receive new or updated SNAP processing equipment from Novo Dia Group at no cost, facilitating the acceptance of SNAP at mobile locations across 57 communities. 

 

Farm & Farmers’ Market SNAP Equipment Grant Awardee

Location

Acton Boxborough Farmers Market

Acton

Agric Organics

Wilbraham

Barbosa Family Farm

New Bedford

Beverly Farmers' Market

Beverly

Billerica Community Farmers Market

Billerica

Brox Farm

Dracut

Busa Farm

Arlington

Cervelli Farmstand

Rochester

Charles River Farm

Franklin

Chris' Farmstand

Bradford

Church Green Farmers Market

East Taunton

Ciesluk's Farm Stand

Deerfield

Clodhopper Farm

Medfield

Coastal Foodshed

New Bedford

Cook's Valley Farm

Wrentham

Cournoyer Vegetable Farm

Paxton

Crabapple Farm

Chesterfield

Dancing Harvest Farm

Salem

Dick's Garden Market

Lunenburg

Farmer Tim's Vegetables

Belmont

Farmers World

Thorndike

Foppema's Farm

Northbridge

Forthill Farm

Pittsfield

Friends of Holly Hill Farm

Cohasset

Greater Ashmont Main Street

Boston

Homestead Farm Market

Rehoboth

Humble Hands Farm

East Taunton

Hutchins Farm

Concord

Kelley Farm

Conway

Kingsbury Farms

South Deerfield

LA Arecibeña

Indian Orchard

Labatour Good's

Dorchester

Marlborough Farmers Market

Marlborough

Mary's Garden

Dudley

Meadowbrook Orchards

Sterling

Medway Community Farm

Medway

Milton Farmers Market

Milton

Morning Glory Farm

Edgartown

Mountain View Farms

Easthampton

Mycoterra Farm

South Deerfield

Needham Farmers Market

Needham

NUBIA Farms

Roxbury

Oasis on Ballou

Dorchester

Pleasant Valley Gardens

Methuen

Poor Boy Fisheries

Wellfleet

Powiset Farm

Dover

Rattle Root Farm

Princeton

Rockport Exchange

Rockport

Roots Rising

Pittsfield

Sauchuk Farm

Plympton

Silverwood Organic Farm

Sherborn

Stargazer Hollow Farm

Berkley

Sunset Farm

Amherst

T.Johnson Farms

Swansea

The Farm at Moose Hill

Sharon

The King Farm

South Dartmouth

The Neighborhood Farm

Westport

The Pumpkin Farm

Medway

Twin Oaks Farm and Oak Farm

Feeding Hills

Under the Sun

North Dighton

Under the Sun

Raynham

Upswing Farm

Pepperell

Whitemarz Farm

Lunenburg

Whitney's Farm Market

Cheshire

Winters Farm

Rehoboth

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Food Security Grants to Local Farms

Department of Transitional Assistance 

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in seven residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.

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