State funding to help increase locally grown food in western Massachusetts

Franklin County

The state is spending more than a million dollars to increase access to locally-grown food in western Massachusetts. 

The Franklin County Development Corporation will use the funding to help low-income families in Franklin County purchase local and healthier food. 

The Franklin County CDC has been providing economic opportunities for businesses and low-income residents for 39 years.

Under the state’s new Food Trust program, they will be able to fund loans and grants to encourage the opening of businesses that sell locally-grown, and healthy foods in Franklin County. 

John Waite, the Executive Director of the Franklin County CDC, told 22News this is a step in the right direction.

“This is one way to do it,” Waite said. “Create Jobs so people have a living wage and then they can buy the foods that are grown out here and then it just keeps revolving that way. “Waite told 22News.

Franklin County is one of the poorest counties in the state, and they are looking for creative ways to bring local foods to neighborhoods that aren’t close to a local grocery store. 

Waite said SNAP recipients can get money back for buying food at farmers markets.

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