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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.

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  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.

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  • 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 »
  • 26th Annual bostonCANshare Campaign
    Edith Murnane, of Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Office of Food Initiatives, marks the beginning of the 26th annual bostonCANshare campaign with a celebration on City Hall Plaza. The event features scoops of Ben & Jerry's Greek yogurt with the donation of a can or $1 and pumpkin milkshakes from b good. Exciting, can-based challenges performed by athletes from CrossFit Boston illustrate the strong impact of CAN donations.Watch Video »