WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 – Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Community Food Project (CFP) awards. These awards support organizations using local food to develop community-based solutions to address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in low income communities.
"The Community Food Projects program has demonstrated that local food can be part of a successful strategy to address hunger and increase healthy food access," said Vilsack. "This year's grantees continue that tradition while representing exciting innovations and ideas. I look forward to seeing how their work will support our country's farmers, expand local food opportunities, and increase healthy food access for generations to come."
Vilsack noted that the future of this program is connected to the current debate over a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. "Community Food Projects are a perfect example of how America's farmers and communities rely on Farm Bill programs to meet new markets, increase economic opportunities for farmers and ranchers, and address hunger."
This year's CFP awards total $4.87 million in funding to 26 projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia. Some highlights include:
Community Food Project awards have funded more than 400 communities in 48 states in the program's 17-year history. They are a cornerstone of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative which coordinates the department's support for local and regional food systems. Previous Community Food Project awards are featured on the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass Map, which is searchable by zip code and key word.
A complete list of Community Food Project grantees is available here: www.nifa.usda.gov/newsroom/news/2013news/cfp_grantees.html.
Expanding the availability of healthy food to all Americans, while providing science-based nutrition information and advice, is a key focus of USDA's nutrition assistance programs and the Obama Administration. USDA is focused on strategies that empower families to make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles. Read more here.
Read more about how the Farm Bill supports local and regional food systems.
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