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. Three areas of need were identified by the Food Equity Network: feeding children, mapping free or low cost food services and researching a central aggregation model to support our farmers and food system. Several collaborative solutions have resulted from that initial meeting including:

mobile farmer's market

Grant funds from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will allow us to bring reduced cost fruits and veggies to neighborhoods with low-income, elderly and/or disabled residents. Learn more.

Healthy incentives program

This new program in Massachusetts provides you with an additional monthly SNAP benefit when you buy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at the West Tisbury Farmer's Market, participating farm stands, or the Island Grown Initiative Mobile Market. For more information, click 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.