City of Somerville

Agenda Item

Requesting the acceptance of a $5,000 grant from Project Bread, for the Health Dept.'s Shape Up Somerville
program to support access for low income residents to the Mobile Farmers' Market.


Category:Mayor's RequestPurposes:Grant/Gift

Official Text

To the Honorable Board:

I respectfully request your acceptance of a Grant from Project Bread in the amount of $5,000.00. These funds will be used to support the 1:1 match for qualified Somerville Mobile Market patrons (those who use EBT cards or WIC to make purchases, live in one of the housing development that are a site for the Market, or are seniors living on low fixed incomes). The match program increases low-income individuals' and families' patronage of the market and, by extension, their consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables.  Based on activity in previous years, Shape Up Somerville expects to provide $6,000 in subsidies which translated into $12,000 worth of produce sold. Often, low-income individuals, especially EBT and WIC users, do not feel welcome at traditional farmers markets. Shape Up Somerville's match program helps patrons to feel like the Somerville Mobile Farmers' Market is "for them". 

In accordance with M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 53A, which requires a vote of the Board of Alderman for the expenditure of grants, or gifts from the federal government and from charitable foundation, private corporation, or an individual, or from the Commonwealth, a County or Municipality or agency thereof, I request that you accept this grant for final approval.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joseph A. Curtatone

Meeting History

Mar 13, 2014 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
Mar 24, 2014 6:00 PM  Finance Committee Committee Meeting

Ms. Renault-Caragianes discussed multi-lingual outreach.

Mar 27, 2014 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting