Marion Institute receives $20,000 in state grants

Feb 13, 2024

MARION — The Marion Institute was granted $20,000 in state funding for its South Coast Food Policy Council initiative, a program that brings together food pantries, farms, foundations, and social service agencies to promote food security. 

The Marion Institute is one of 42 other businesses and organizations that were awarded with a combined $8.2 million in grant funding from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, announced the state in a press release. 

“One of the most effective ways to combat hunger and food insecurity in our state is to strengthen our local food systems,” said Governor Maura Healey. “We’re proud to support our community leaders who are at the heart of these critical initiatives that help to make sure that everyone, no matter where they live, has access to fresh, healthy, and locally grown food.”

The funds granted to the Marion Institute will support planning for monthly meetings for the 30-member Community Advisory Board and four working groups, according to the press release. Campaign work will include program content refinement to include food security with key points highlighted through social media messages, including a “Journey of Food on the South Coast” video. Planning and outreach will support an Eat Local Southcoast Challenge.

The $20,000 grant was specifically a part of the state’s Local Food Policy Council Program, which enhances the work of existing and newly forming local food policy councils and food working groups across Massachusetts, according to the press release.

“A strong local economy and vibrant, thriving communities aren’t possible if residents don’t have access to locally sourced produce and food,” said Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll. “By breaking down these barriers in our underserved neighborhoods, we’re creating a more just food system that benefits us all. We are thrilled to be able to provide the resources necessary through these programs to assist our cities and towns.”