USDA Awards $4.8 Million in Grants for Community Food Projects
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2007 - Acting Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner announced today that $4.8 million has been awarded as part of the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service's (CSREES) Community Food Projects (CFP) program. The grants, given to 34 organizations in 20 states, will help low-income people meet their food needs.
"These grants offer exceptional opportunities to make food available so that disadvantaged communities can move toward self-sufficiency," Conner said.
The CFP program has been meeting the food needs of low-income people for the past 11 years while increasing the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food, farm and nutrition issues and needs. The program administers three types of projects: community food projects, training and technical assistance projects and planning projects.
These projects are intended to help private, nonprofit entities that need a one-time infusion of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and from one to three years and require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources. Funds have been authorized through 2007 at $5 million per year.
Examples of funded projects include expanding access to healthy and local foods in a low income, high unemployment area by employing teens to develop community gardens and market their produce; a county-wide operation of community kitchens for micro-enterprise development with low-income participation and leadership; and improving access to healthy foods through a variety of methods, including supermarket development, promoting local produce, a community kitchen and educational programs.
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Ester
Developing Innovations in Navajo Education, Inc., Winslow
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Elkins
Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda
New Alternatives, Inc., San Diego
East Bay Asian Youth Center, Oakland
Community Food Security Coalition, Santa Cruz
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, Watsonville
Merced County Community Action Board, Merced
Plumas Rural Services, Quincy
Union Mission, Inc., Savannah
Loyola University, New Orleans
Rippling Waters Farm, Steep Falls
Dona Ana County Colonias Development Council, Las Cruces
Farm to Table, Santa Fe
White Earth Land Recovery Project, Callaway
Sustainable Living Systems, Victor
Massachusetts Avenue Project, Inc., Buffalo
Hunger Action Network of New York State, Albany
United Community Centers, Inc., Brooklyn
World Hunger Year, New York
Oklahoma Sustainability Network, Oklahoma City
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Portland
Columbia Gorge Earth Center, Hood River
Tabor Community Services, Inc., Lancaster
The Food Trust, Philadelphia
The Corporation for Economic Opportunity, Columbia
Dakota Rural Action, Brookings
Rural Resources, Inc., Greeneville
Institute for Washington's Future, Seattle
Olympic Community Action Programs, Port Townsend
Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, Menomonie
Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc., Wisconsin Dells
Adventures in Learning, Lander
CSREES advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. For more information, visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov.