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Office of Food Initiatives

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.

Our 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.

The office was established in June 2010 to accomplish four goals:

1. 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;

2. Expand Boston’s capacity to produce, distribute and consume local food through urban agriculture and distribution models to supply schools and local businesses;

3. Build a strong local food economy through financing and supporting local food retail and distribution businesses; and

4. Expand private and public partnerships to advance the food agenda.

Office of Food Initiatives Programs

 
Boston Bounty Bucks:
Enables low income residents to double the value of their SNAP dollars at participating Boston farmers markets. Learn More
 
bostonCANshare:
An annual campaign to raise funds for the Boston Bounty Bucks program and collect food for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Learn More
 
Boston Farmers Markets:
The OFI works with all Boston farmers market managers to help them navigate the permitting process, utilize Bounty Bucks redemption and digitization, permit vendor permit and connect markets with vendors. Learn More
 
Food Trucks:
The OFI works closely with food trucks permitted to vend in the City of Boston and coordinates permitting, scheduling and evaluation of public sites. Learn More
 
Urban Agriculture:
Locates farmable urban land and supports farmers interested in starting urban farms and rooftop farms. Learn More
 
Boston Food Policy Council:
The council made up of representatives from various organizations which meets quarterly to improve the Boston food environment. Learn More
 
Composting:
Project Oscar gives the public the opportunity to compost their food scraps as a way to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills. This is organized with Greenovate and New Urban Mechanics. Learn More

Events: Upcoming Office of Food Initiatives events can be viewed on our Online Calendar. View Events

Food Access:
There are a variety of programs in Boston that provide healthy foods and assistance for families and individuals who qualify. Learn More

ProgramCoordinatorPhone Email
Boston Bounty Bucks Jordan Smith617-635-0710 Jordan.Smith@boston.gov
BostonCANshare Emily Canner617-635-0722 bostoncanshare@boston.gov
Farmers Markets Jordan Smith617-635-0710 Jordan.Smith@boston.gov
Food Trucks Laura Fakhry617-635-3717 foodtruckchallenge@boston.gov
Urban Agriculture Jordan Smith617-635-0710 Jordan.Smith@boston.gov
Composting Caroline Sluyter617-635-0710

 Caroline.Sluyter@boston.gov

Boston Food Policy Council Allison Rogers617-635-1456

 Allison.Rogers@boston.gov

Address:

Mayors Office of Food Initiatives
City Hall Plaza, Room 811
Boston, MA 02201

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