By Bob Katzen

“As part of our public health toolkit, the administration is committed to increasing access to convenient at home COVID-19 tests for our residents. Partnering with these trusted community organizations is the right thing to do to ensure that individuals facing financial hardship and food insecurity have easy access to getting these tests.”

— Massachussetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders on plans to distribute more than 1 million at-home rapid antigen tests to eight of the largest Massachusetts food banks and food access organizations, increasing access to residents who may not have access to COVID-19 rapid tests through more traditional channels.

“These trusted community-based organizations know their communities best. They use their knowledge and relationships to expand the efforts of our Vaccine Equity Initiative by helping address the unique health equity needs of the communities and populations they serve – needs that have been exacerbated by COVID-19”
— Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke announcing an additional $4.5 million in grants to organizations working in communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am thrilled to present this money to address this critical aspect of the supply chain emergency. This expansion of the Teamster 25 Driver Training Program will continue to support training to students for long-term careers as well-qualified and safe Commercial Drivers. This training program is a direct and proven pipeline to good paying, benefits providing, important middle-class jobs, all while addressing the continued depletion of the truck driving industry.”
—Sen. Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough) on the $975,000 grant for the expansion of the Teamsters Local 25 Driver Training Program.

“Idling vehicles spread toxic tailpipe pollution into some of Boston’s most vulnerable neighborhoods – communities already overburdened with harmful emissions and asthma. Conservation Law Foundation’s (CLF’s) settlement with Paul Revere Transportation will promote a healthier Roxbury by reducing excessive idling and by supporting urban farming and green spaces.”
— Heather Govern, Vice President of Clean Air and Water at CLF on a more than $1 million settlement with the transportation company’s alleged violations of anti-idling laws and the Clean Air Act.

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