Section 6C of chapter 20 of the General Laws is amended by inserting the following subsection:-
(f) The council shall appoint a food system coordinator as an employee. The food system coordinator shall have access to all relevant agency meetings; serve in an advisory capacity to all relevant departments to inventory existing state programs which relate to the food system across all state agencies, including but not limited to agencies associated with the council; facilitate communication and resource collaboration across state agencies; develop and track metrics related to food system goals; identify opportunities to eliminate duplicative efforts and strengthen complementary programs and projects; identify gaps in services and supports and make recommendations; provide input to help coordinate outreach to underserved communities. The first week of each month, the food system coordinator shall submit a report one week prior to each council meeting with findings, progress updates, and recommendations to the clerks of the senate and the house of representatives, the council, relevant department secretaries, and relevant department commissioners.
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