Working in partnership with community members and non-profits to increase food access in our community.

In Fall 2016, Island Grown convened a Food Equity Network consisting of other non-profits, social service agencies and community members, to create collaborative solutions to food access issues on our island. Some resources in the community include:

mobile farmer's market

In 2017, with grant funds from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources we launched a Mobile Farmer's Market. This allow us to bring wholesale priced, affordable fruits and veggies to six island neighborhoods. The Market is out on the road mid-June to mid-October, and then we run a produce delivery program for home-bound seniors in the winter.

Healthy incentives program

HIP provides a dollar for dollar match for local produce purchases made with a SNAP card. However, HIP, which had dedicated funding that administrators anticipated would last three years, was so successful that it depleted all of its funds in less than one year. The program is currently suspended until funding to continue the program is granted by State lawmakers. With others, Island Grown is advocating for continued funding of this program. 

 For more information, click here. To find out if you're eligible for SNAP, visit Dukes County Social Services here.

summer food service program

First ever program on the island, made possible in collaboration with MVRHS, to provide meals for low income children when school is out of session. In the first year, 1,500 meals were served to 275 children. Click here for more information.

feeding mv map

Interactive map and information guide to connect islanders in need to low cost or free food, to see more visit MV Times.

food hub feasibility study

Funds from the Martha's Vineyard Vision Fellowship have allowed us to interview farmers to determine need for a Food Hub on the island.