Food Access

There are a variety of programs that provide healthy foods and assistance for families and individuals who qualify.

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    Boston Bounty Bucks Program

    The Boston Bounty Bucks program was launched in 2008 in collaboration with The Food Project, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Boston Bounty Bucks started as a pilot program at a few markets with the goal of increasing produce access and supporting our local food economy. Since then, the program has expanded to 20 of Boston’s 26 farmers markets. During the 2011 season, $120,000 of combined SNAP benefits and Boston Bounty Bucks incentives were spent at farmers markets in Boston. All purchases made with SNAP benefits are matched up to $10.  In other words, Boston’s SNAP users (of whom there are more than 82,000) can get produce and other items at 50% off, up to $20 at farmers' markets. The program is financially supported by the Mayor's Fresh Food Fund, Project Bread, Farm Aid, and the Wholesome Wave Foundation.

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    Fresh Food Boston

    Fresh Food Boston is a photo compilation aimed at helping Boston Youth find, share, and rate the healthiest food in the city. Users send in their photos of healthy, affordable, local food, then other users can use the photos and the maps of where all photos were taken to make informed, healthy, and economical decisions about their food access options. The project is a collaboration between the Office of Food Initiatives, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Mayor’s Youth Council, and MIT’s Department of Urban Studies.

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