The Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives was established in June 2010 to engage the Boston Food Council, partners, and City departments to address directives set forward by the mayor's office.
The Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives works to ensure that Boston has a robust, resilient food system and all constituents have adequate access to fresh, healthy food. The Office works to make healthy food more available and more affordable to improve food security for low income residents through the Boston Bounty Bucks program at Boston farmers markets. The Office also supports a sustainable food environment through increased urban farming and public composting. The city supports economic development through supporting food trucks and local farmers. Boston also bring together organizations to work together to improve the Boston food environment.
Increase access to healthy and affordable food in schools, farmers markets, and stores, educate the public about healthy choices, and promote food benefits to reduce hunger and obesity;
Expand Boston’s capacity to produce, distribute and consume local food through urban agriculture and distribution models to supply schools and local businesses;
Build a strong local food economy through financing and supporting local food retail and distribution businesses; and
Expand private and public partnerships to advance the food agenda.
Boston Bounty Bucks enables low income residents to double the value of their SNAP dollars at participating Boston farmers markets. More
bostonCANshare is an annual campaign to raise funds for the Boston Bounty Bucks program and collect food for the Greater Boston Food Bank. More
Farmers Markets are managed by our office. We help all Boston farmers market managers navigate the permitting process, utilize Bounty Bucks redemption and digitization, receive vendor permits, and connect with vendors. More
Food Trucks are managed by our office. We help food trucks get permitted to vend in Boston. We also coordinate scheduling and evaluation of public sites. More
Urban Agriculture locates farmable urban land and supports farmers interested in starting urban farms and rooftop farms. More
Composting is done by Project Oscar, which allows the public to compost food scraps and reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. More
The Boston Food Policy Council meets quarterly to improve the food environment in Boston. More
Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives
City Hall Plaza, Room 811
Boston, MA 02201
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