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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.

Our goals:

  • 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.

Our programs: 


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

Our address:

Mayor's Office of Food Initiatives
City Hall Plaza, Room 811
Boston, MA 02201

Additional Resources

  • Events: Upcoming events can be viewed on our 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

News & Press Releases »

Calendar »

  • See a listing of upcoming Food events.

    View Calendar »

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Videos & Multimedia »

  • Greater Boston Food Bank Chain of Giving
    Mayor Martin J. Walsh attends the Greater Boston Food Bank's Annual 'Chain of Giving Turkey Drive.' Watch Video »
  • Meridian Market Cafe Grand Opening
    Mayor Menino, The Noviello family, and the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center President Jack Craddock join together for the Grand Opening of the Meridian Market Cafe.Watch Video »