A Short History
The Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network (the Network) is a coalition of food pantries, farms, foundations, and social service agencies working together to promote local food security: “a situation in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.”
The Network was formed in 2011 to address food security issues in our region, including emergency food access and distribution, nutrition education, and local sustainable agriculture. The Network provides a space for participants to collaborate, share, and match goals and expertise. We build on the strengths of each partner to effectively support a diverse and healthy local food system.
In 2018, we transitioned into a Food Policy Council. Still keeping our model of holding quarterly meetings to bring stakeholders together, we will be focusing on providing advocacy and working on issues related to food policy.
Our mission is to connect, convene, and advocate for local food producers, consumers, and community leaders who seek policy and systems that strengthen our regional food system, improve community health, and eliminate food insecurity.
We envision a thriving, inclusive, and culturally-diverse regional food system in which we all benefit from healthful, accessible, and affordable foods.
A. We want to be focused, transparent, and effective coalition.
B. We want this coalition to be representative of the community it serves, particularly in terms of cultural and racial diversity.
C. We value and will seek out information, ideas, and inspiration from peer organizations around the state, the country, and the world.
D. We believe that the more people know about nutrition, food systems, and the local economy, the more they will consume local foods.