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USDA grants help fight food insecurity and hunger in low-income communities

United States Department of Agriculture - Research, Education and Economics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today 23 grants to community-based organizations throughout the country to develop local solutions to food access and hunger issues. The awards were made by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through its Community Food Projects program. Community Food Projects have been funded in more than 400 communities in 48 states in the program's 16-year history.

The new projects, receiving $4.8 million in funding, will develop the skills of rural low-income residents to establish sustainable community food projects, improve access to fresh, healthy and affordable local food, and increase access to training resources throughout rural America.

The primary goals of the Community Food Projects program are to (1) meet the food needs of low-income individuals; (2) help low-income communities become more food self-reliant; (3) promote comprehensive strategies to address local food, farm and nutrition issues; and (4) meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs, including needs relating to infrastructure improvement and development, planning for long-term solutions and the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Fiscal Year 2012 awards include:

  • Platicamos Salud, Mariposa Community Health Center, Nogales, Ariz., $300,000
  • RootDown LA, A project of Community Partners, Los Angeles, Calif., $226,708
  • Plating Justice, Oakland, Calif., $298,500
  • The Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, San Francisco, Calif., $288,206
  • Great Northern Corporation (GNC), Weed, Calif., $25,000
  • First Nations Development Institute, Longmont, Colo., $335,301
  • Rio Culebra Growers Educational Corporation, San Luis, Colo., $25,000
  • Food Bank of Delaware, Newark, Del., $300,000
  • Earth Learning, Miami, Fla., $300,000
  • Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc. Albany, Ga., $298,900
  • Franklin City Community Development Corporation, Greenfield, Mass., $284,441
  • Community Teamwork Inc., Lowell, Mass., $24,976
  • Agriculture - New Lands Farm Lutheran Social Service, West Springfield, Mass., $281,453
  • ECO City Farms, Riverdale, Md., $299,965
  • Camden City Garden Club, Camden, N.J., $292,421
  • La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, N.M., $299,690
  • World Hunger Year, Inc., New York City, N.Y., $200,000
  • Groundwork Hudson Valley, Yonkers, N.Y., $190,000
  • Tulsa Economic Development Corporation, Tulsa, Okla., $25,000
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Portland, Ore., $25,000
  • Village Gardens, Janus Youth Programs, INC. Portland, Ore., $299,970
  • Equal Dollars Community Currency, Philadelphia, Pa., $25,000
  • Health Care Without Harm, Reston, Va., $154,469


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