U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Community Food Project (CFP) awards, which 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.”
This year’s CFP awards total $4.87 million in funding to 26 projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia. For example, Growing Power in Chicago, Ill., will provide training and coaching for local food project operators through its Farmers for Chicago initiative. This will build the long-term capacity of low-income, underserved populations to produce high-quality, culturally-appropriate food throughout Chicago.