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Baker-Polito Administration Awards Food Security Grants to Local Farms, Opens New Round of Funding
1/14/2022
  • Department of Transitional Assistance

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Alana Davidson, Director of Communications

Boston — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that 29 farmers and farmers’ markets were awarded over $39,900 in grants to expand local food access points for low-income residents across the Commonwealth. These awards provide equipment at no cost to direct-marketing farms and farmers’ markets to facilitate the acceptance of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at mobile locations.

The Administration also announced a second round of grant funding starting January 14, 2022. Farmers and farmers’ markets can apply through February 18, 2022. This winter round is limited to eligible winter vendors who plan to sell in the months of January, February or March. 

A third application round will open on April 20th for all eligible vendors to apply. 

These additional SNAP access points will increase the availability of fresh, healthy food and drive federal dollars into the state’s economy. More information on the grant opportunity, applicant eligibility, and eligible equipment package.

“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. This program builds on the success of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program and the addition of 39 new Healthy Incentives Program vendors as we continue to promote food security across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders

The grant program is 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 590,000 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 Commissioner Amy Kershaw.

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with DTA to enable many more farmers and farmers markets the ability to process SNAP payments,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. “This will bring more local healthy food, grown by Massachusetts farmers, to SNAP recipients across the state.” 

The free mobile SNAP processing equipment, provided by Novo Dia Group, is available to eligible agricultural vendors, including new SNAP vendors and those in need of new equipment. Available equipment does not process credit or debit. 

The first round of grants was open August – September 2021. Farms and farmers’ market are using this funding to receive new or updated SNAP processing equipment at no cost, facilitating the acceptance of SNAP at mobile locations across 23 communities. 

Farm & Farmers’ Market Awardee Location
2 Cents Home Grown Springfield
Springfield Food Policy Council – 40 Acres Springfield
Long Hill Orchard West Newbury
Arcadian Farms, Inc Holliston
Sunbow 5 Foundation Hadley
Berberian’s Farm Northborough
Roundhill Orchard Southampton
KL Bostrom Farm LLC Greenfield
Eastie Farms Boston
Red Fire Farm Montague
Urban Artisan Farm, Inc Springfield
Andover Farmers Market Andover
Wingate Farms Hinsdale
Mai Asia Vegetables Brockton
Seona and Family Farm Dracut
Wayland Farmers Market Wayland
Autumn Hills Orchard Groton
Atlas Farm LLC Deerfield
Braintree Farmers Market Braintree
Crow River Farm, LLC East Longmeadow
Hager's Farm Market Shelburne
Brookfield Farm Amherst
Grant Family Farm Essex
Ray's Family Farm, Inc. Southwick
Roslindale Farmers Market Boston
New Bedford Farmers Market - Downtown New Bedford
Boston Public Market Farmers Market Boston
Dewey Square Farmers Market Boston
East Boston Farmers Market East Boston

 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Food Security Grants to Local Farms, Opens New Round of Funding

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 eight 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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