Healthy Food Access

Position Statement

The CHNA9 supports policies that increase access to healthy, culturally appropriate foods and locally grown produce for all people, regardless of income. Such policies include:

  • Universal free school meals as well as increased access to school breakfast, summer meals, and weekend/vacation meals
  • Increased access to the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) as well as policies that remove barriers to accessing SNAP and increase awareness and utilization
  • Policies and funding that support local farmers and makers, removing economic barriers wherever possible, and encouraging a fair and viable local food system
  • Policies and funding that preserve and support agricultural land, watersheds, and outdoor recreation spaces. (See the Massachusetts Farmland Action Plan)
  • Improved communication and navigation/wraparound support services to create systems that are better able to support critical needs and ensure that no one falls through the cracks
  • Additional support for congregate meal sites, especially those serving populations at high risk of isolation, such as seniors and veterans
  • Policies and funding that support regenerative farming practices to ensure adequate food supplies as well as agricultural jobs and job security
  • Policies and funding that support and incentivize food waste reduction practices.


Number 368 - Healthy Incentives Program Funding

  • $24,000,000
  • Senator Gobi
  • This funding will ensure that this successful program will continue to grow, supporting healthy families and sustainable farms.

Number 87 - Food Literacy

  • $1,250,000
  • Senator Lewis
  • This funding will support DESE and MDAR in expanding opportunities for students to learn about nutrition, culinary skills, and other food system issues.

Food Systems Resources