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MEFAP funds the MassGrown Initiative

The MassGrown Initiative (MGI) is a program developed by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to support the local agriculture industry.

MGI is funded through the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP), which is a line item in the state budget that provides funding to the state’s four food banks to purchase food for their clients.

Through this partnership, GBFB purchases food items like eggs, dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables from 40 local farms. In fiscal 2016, GBFB purchased and distributed 1.4 million pounds of nutrient rich food and fresh produce to more than 140,000 people a month, while also supporting the state’s agriculture industry.

MassGrown Initiative
Partnerships like MGI and relationships with local farmers enable GBFB to make progress in our mission to end hunger here by providing healthy food to those who need it most, while also supporting the local economy.

Participating farms include:

Chamutka Farm

Pepin Farm

Four Rex Farm

Twin Oaks Farm

Zuchowski Farm

Zygmont Farm

Wendolowski Farm

Garbiel Farm

Gardner Farm

Ciesluk Farm

Harvest Farm

Telega Farm

Warner Farm

Jamie Bagdon Farm

Laurentis Farm

Breezeland Orchards

Long Plain Farm

Enterprise Farm

Fairview Farm

Szawlowski Potato Farms

Brookfield Orchard

Brox Farm (Farmer Dave’s)

Carlson Orchards, Inc.

Davidian Bros. Farm

Lanni Orchards

Our Family Farms

The Country Hen

Ward’s Berry Farm

Pine Hill Orchard

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