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Release No. 0325.07
Jennifer Martin 202-720-8188
Keith Williams (202) 720-4623

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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.

State Recipient Grant Amount
AK Calypso Farm and Ecology Center, Ester $93,172
AZ Developing Innovations in Navajo Education, Inc., Winslow $299,700
AR Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Elkins $124,825
CA Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda $154,890
CA New Alternatives, Inc., San Diego $299,640
CA East Bay Asian Youth Center, Oakland $145,200
CA Community Food Security Coalition, Santa Cruz $213,284
CA Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, Watsonville $25,000
CA Merced County Community Action Board, Merced $25,000
CA Plumas Rural Services, Quincy $25,000
GA Union Mission, Inc., Savannah $25,000
LA Loyola University, New Orleans $48,335
ME Rippling Waters Farm, Steep Falls $244,756
NM Dona Ana County Colonias Development Council, Las Cruces $193,435
NM Farm to Table, Santa Fe $65,473
MN White Earth Land Recovery Project, Callaway $150,000
MT Sustainable Living Systems, Victor $25,000
NY Massachusetts Avenue Project, Inc., Buffalo $298,500
NY Hunger Action Network of New York State, Albany $283,168
NY United Community Centers, Inc., Brooklyn $203,012
NY World Hunger Year, New York $248,178
OK Oklahoma Sustainability Network, Oklahoma City $299,996
OR Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Portland $253,269
OR Columbia Gorge Earth Center, Hood River $25,000
PA Tabor Community Services, Inc., Lancaster $159,554
PA The Food Trust, Philadelphia $179,950
SC The Corporation for Economic Opportunity, Columbia $25,000
SD Dakota Rural Action, Brookings $25,000
TN Rural Resources, Inc., Greeneville $298,611
WA Institute for Washington's Future, Seattle $96,418
WA Olympic Community Action Programs, Port Townsend $25,000
WI Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, Menomonie $241,500
WI Central Wisconsin Community Action Council, Inc., Wisconsin Dells $20,000
WY Adventures in Learning, Lander $24,670

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