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FeeDING OUR NEIGHBORS COALITION

LED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS LAW REFORM INSTITUTE

The Feeding Our Neighbors Coalition was formed in January of 2023 by La Colaborativa and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute to restore state-funded food and cash assistance benefits to Massachusetts immigrants. The coalition is made up of more than 80 organizations from across Massachusetts.

 CAMPAIGN FOR HIP FUNDING COALITION 

LED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS FOOD SYSTEM COLLABORATIVE

The Collaborative leads the Campaign for HIP Funding to ensure that the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which provides fresh, healthy, local fruits and vegetables for SNAP recipients, receives increased funding to meet demand, operates year-round, and adds new farmers to fill gaps in program coverage. The Campaign coalition includes more than 300 farmers, farmers markets, nonprofit agricultural and food system organizations, faith institutions, healthcare institutions, individuals with lived experience with food insecurity, and more.

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RTA ADVOCATES COALITION

LED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (MPHA)

To build support for Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) across the Commonwealth, MPHA joined forces with Transportation for Massachusetts in 2018 to launch the RTA Advocates Coalition. Since then, the Coalition has succeeded in preserving funding for RTAs. Today, the Coalition is comprised of community groups, human service providers, transportation advocates, and local leaders committed to providing a unified voice for transit users in RTA service areas across the state. The Coalition’s top priorities include:

  • Adequate funding to support RTA operations,

  • Stronger connectivity between regions, and

  • Service hours that meet resident needs (weekend service, late night and early morning service).

FEED KIDS COALITION

LED BY PROJECT BREAD

The Feed Kids Coalition is a diverse cohort of stakeholders, from school districts to social justice organizations. We understand that access to school meals is integral not only to alleviating food insecurity, but to all aspects of life. Currently, 1 in 5 households with children in Massachusetts face food insecurity. The Feed Kids Coalition and advocates across the state successfully lobbied Governor Healey and the Legislature to pass a permanent School Meals for All policy as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 budget. This provides a solution that ensures, no matter what may be happening, students have access to school breakfast and lunch.  Now, the work continues to ensure this program is fully funded. 

MASSACHUSETTS FOOD SYSTEM COLLABORATIVE

The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative supports collective action toward an equitable, sustainable, resilient, and connected local food system in Massachusetts. We envision a local food system where everyone has access to healthy food, to land to grow food, to good jobs, and to the systems where policy decisions are made. 

In addition to advocating for a fully-funded HIP program, the MetroWest Food Collaborative joins the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative in campaigns for food literacy, food policy council grant funding, and more.

MASSACHUSETTS SNAP COALITIOn

LED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS LAW REFORM INSTITUTE (MLRI)

MLRI coordinates the Massachusetts SNAP Coalition. This is a coalition of anti- hunger agencies, health care and homelessness providers, faith-based organizations, community action programs and legal services advocates. State agency staff from DTA, the MA Department of Public Health, and USDA’s Northeast Regional Office frequently attend.

MAKE HUNGER HISTORY COALITION

LED BY PROJECT BREAD

Imagine a Massachusetts where no family goes hungry, where every child has access to nourishing food, and where hunger is a thing of the past. This vision is within our reach, and Massachusetts is poised to lead the nation in eradicating hunger. This groundbreaking initiative aims to tackle hunger from all angles, crafting the roadmap to eradicate hunger in our state.

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