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Program Synopsis: Community Food Projects

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP) has since 1996 promoted self-sufficiency and food security in low-income communities through community food projects (CFP), Planning Projects and Training and Capacity Building projects (TCB).

CFPs unite the entire food system, assessing strengths, establishing linkages, and creating systems that improve self-reliance over food needs. TCB helps successful applicants carry out and evaluate their projects.

The CFPCGP is designed to:

  • meet the needs of low-income people by increasing access to fresher, more nutritious food supplies;
  • increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs;
  • promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues;
  • meets specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs for infrastructure improvement and development;
  • plans for long-term solutions; and
  • create innovative marketing activities that benefit both agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Grants are intended to help eligible private nonprofit entities in need of a one-time infusion of federal assistance to establish and carryout multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and from 1 to 3 years. These one-time grants require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources. Approximately 18 percent of proposals have received awards during the program’s history. About $5 million per year have been authorized through 2012.

The CFPCGP legislative authority is located in Section 25 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2034). The 1996 Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR) established new authority for federal grants to support the development of CFPs, and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 re-authorized the program and  the authority was  amended by the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 and Section 4402 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (FCEA) of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246).


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