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You Raised $430,000 for Youth, Food, and Community at the Big Shindig

The Food Project kicked off its 27th growing season with the Big Shindig on Wednesday, April 25 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. This year, over 325 supporters came together to celebrate youth, food, and community at our annual fundraiser. Hosted by co-chairs, Michelle Dyer and Katie Ryan, and Presenting Sponsors Bank of America and Linda and Bill McQuillan, this was the most successful Big Shindig yet! The event raised over $430,000 to support youth leadership, diverse communities, and increased access to fresh, healthy, local, affordable food for all.

We felt honored to be surrounded by so many inspiring people dedicated to youth leaders, diverse communities, and sustainable local farms and food systems. We are overwhelmed by generosity and dedication of all of our supporters who make this vision a reality every day.

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Interested in Growing Seedlings for Gardening Projects? Dudley Greenhouse Invites Proposals

Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Seedlings - Dudley Greenhouse
Dudley residents have incredible expertise and energy around food. Our neighbors have built so many creative mechanisms to access the great food they want in their community.” – Sutton Kiplinger, Greater Boston Regional Director, The Food Project

We are currently accepting applications from groups interested in growing seedlings at the Dudley Greenhouse for use in gardening projects. Application Deadline: January 13, 2016 – 5 p.m. Apply online now.

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GREAT NEWS! We are seeing tremendous progress on the MA Local Food Action plan and in funding that provides a 100 percent match for each SNAP dollar spent on eligible fruits and vegetables purchased at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets, and CSA programs in Massachusetts. The Food Project played a key role at our farmers markets in the early creation and development of SNAP matching programs starting in 2006, and we need YOUR help to realize our vision of a state-wide SNAP--matching program.

Rep. Paul Schmid, from Westport, has sponsored an amendment to the House budget for $1.48 million to support Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) project costs. He needs co-sponsors to help support this bill and insure that it gets funded.

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It's Time to Fund the Massachusetts Food Trust! Take Action TODAY

On April 13th, The House Ways & Means Committee released its draft budget yesterday afternoon and it did not include funding for the Massachusetts Food Trust Program. That doesn’t mean we can’t get funding.  Representative Dan Donahue is filing an Amendment to include funding for the MA Food Trust in the budget, we need you to contact your Representative(s) and ask them to join Rep. Donahue in co-sponsoring this amendment.

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Growing Together brings community action to Lynn


A Root Crew member talks about her experience leading Growing Together, which brings together youth groups in Lynn and the surrounding communities for social and food system change.

By Elizabeth D., 17, Lynn

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Creating a healthy food system for all

A reflection on the release of the draft Massachusetts Food System Plan

By Lucy Sweeney, Development Officer for Individual Giving & Events

Late last month, I joined fellow Food Project staff to attend Food Day at the State House. The room was bustling with a crowd of policy makers, nonprofit leaders, farmers, and food distributors who gathered for the public release of Massachusetts’ draft Food Systems Plan—the commonwealth’s first food plan in 40 years.

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