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MA Food Policy Council Meeting

July 19, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Date: July 19, 2018, 9:30 – 12:30 (Thursday) MA Food Policy Council Meeting,

Location: Richard Cronin Building of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Room 108, Westborough


Draft Agenda:

Call to Order

Acceptance of Minutes

Officers Reports

Old Business:   HIP Update,  Department of Transitional Assistance

Program:  Deep dive into food waste II – What actions can FPC members support?

Food waste is one of the six MA FPC priorities from the MA Local Food Action Plan identified last year, and will be revisited:  Reduce food waste through state programs for farmers, restaurants, processors, schools and other institutions, and consumers.   A current focus is to support the Commercial Food Waste Ban by developing policies and programs to divert food waste from landfills. Support for donation programs, conversion of food waste to animal feed, composting, and the development of anaerobic digestion facilities are also priorities.

Gerard Kennedy, Director, Conservation & Technical Assistance, MDAR:  Food waste ban, opportunities and challenges:  new proposed regulations related to composting

John Fischer, Branch Chief, Commercial Waste Reduction & Waste Planning, DEP:  Commercial Food Waste Ban:  Updated progress report including economic activity support by the ban, new opportunities and challenges in food waste management:  anaerobic digester facility capacity growth; the growth in fresh and perishable food donation; and a focus on up-front food waste reduction.

Case Studies:

Michael Malmberg, COO, and Carolyn Brunis Luc, Director of Advancement, Daily Table

Ben Harvey, Vice President, EL Harvey and Sons, Food Depackaging

Garett DiStefano, Head of UMass Amherst Dining Services, Source Reduction Initiatives

New Business

MA Collaborative Update

Council member updates

Public Comment


September 21, 2018, MA Food Policy Council Meeting, 9:30 – 12:30, Richard Cronin Building of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Room 110, Westborough

November 1, 2018, MA Food Policy Council Meeting, 9:30am-12:30pm, Room 428, Boston State House, Boston MA   02133






July 19, 2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
1 Rabbit Hill Rd.
Westbourough, MA 01581 United States
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