We look forward to working closely with their entire team to solve hunger in Massachusetts. In their previous roles, both Governor Healey and Lt. Governor Driscoll already established themselves as anti-hunger leaders. In their new roles they will have an incredible opportunity to lead on policies that ensure the equitable access to nutritious food for all residents of the Commonwealth.
As Attorney General, Governor Healey joined a multistate coalition to successfully sue the Trump Administration’s United States Department of Agriculture over a proposed policy that would further restrict access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to some of the most vulnerable adults. She also consistently used her platform to support food security efforts across the state.
As she noted in her inauguration speech, "Today, we need an equal guarantee for our children: that we will continue to offer not just an education but the best education. That means funding the Student Opportunity Act to make sure every student and every school gets the resources they deserve. It means doing more for mental health care and food security. Our students can’t reach their potential if they are homeless or hungry or suffering from untreated mental illness. To support our state, we have to support our children. And we will.”
As Mayor of Salem, Lt. Governor Driscoll presided over the creation of a food policy council and a local food assessment to ensure Salem residents were connected to healthy food. During her time as mayor, Salem Public Schools adopted universal free meals districtwide, shifted to alternative breakfast models, and continually innovated to provide quality meals during the school year and the summer months.
The Governor and Lt. Governor enter their offices at a time where the need to address food insecurity is particularly urgent with more than 1 in 5 families with children continuing to struggle to access enough food and benefits, such as pandemic boosted SNAP ending soon.
Now is also the time where there is tremendous opportunity to solve hunger. We look forward to working with the Healey-Driscoll administration on:
While food insecurity is a big problem, it is one that we can solve. With Governor Healey and Lt. Governor Driscoll leading Massachusetts, and all of us working together, we can move the ball forward and realize a Commonwealth free from hunger.
Please join our Action Team to learn more about how you can be part of these efforts.