The Reminder: West Springfield partners with PVPC for food study

25 Nov 2020

By Ryan Feyre

As part of the Mass in Motion program, West Springfield has partnered with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) to conduct a food survey across the city.

The goal of the survey is to determine access to nutritious food in West Springfield. By responding to the survey, residents are helping the town identify any barriers that the city may face when it comes to being food secure.

“The survey itself is a part of a larger effort to create the West Springfield food security action plan,” said Corrin Meise-Munns, senior planner for the PVPC. “The action plan is a culmination of food assessment work that we have been partnering with the town of West Springfield on since about 2014 or 2015.”

Through the help of funding from the Massachusetts Department of Health’s Mass in Motion program, the PVPC and West Springfield have been able to conduct worthwhile food assessments throughout the entire city over these past five or six years. Out of every city in the Pioneer Valley, only West Springfield and Palmer have asked for food security plans to be conducted in their districts. Mass in Motion has also helped the city of West Springfield search for ways to encourage physical activity amongst its residents.

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