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USDA Awards $4.6 Million in Grants for Community Food Projects

News Release

Scott Elliott, CSREES Staff, (202) 720-7185

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2006 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Chuck Conner announced today that 32 grants totaling $4.6 million have been awarded to community organizations to help low-income Americans to eat healthfully.

"These grants give more Americans access to nutritious foods," Conner said. "They are innovative programs that increase self-reliance of communities by giving them the opportunity to create partnerships and programs to meet their own food, farm and nutrition needs."

Community Food Projects (CFP) awards will aid non-profit organizations in 19 states and one territory to carry out projects to help low-income communities.

This year, for the first time, small grants of up to $25,000 were awarded for planning projects to help communities assess local needs and build collaborations that will lead to community food security projects. The grants are administered through USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES).

The CFP grants, first administered in 1996, help eligible private, nonprofit entities that need a one-time infusion of funds to carry out community food projects. Projects are funded for one to three years in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $300,000. The grants require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources. The matching amounts come from a variety of sources including the grantees, partnering collaborators or local agencies. Funds have been authorized through 2007 at $5 million per year.

The fiscal year 2006 grant awards are:

  • Jones Valley Urban Farm, Birmingham, Ala., $145,000.
  • Girls 2000, San Francisco, Calif., $280,000.
  • Whittier Area First Day Coalition, Whittier, Calif., $25,000.
  • Thai Community Development Center, Los Angeles, Calif., $20,000.
  • Middle Way House, Bloomington, Ind., $280,000.
  • Mid North Food Pantry, Indianapolis, Ind., $6,560.
  • New Orleans Food and Farm Network, New Orleans, La., $265,000.
  • Red Wiggler Farm, Clarksburg, Md., $11,010.
  • United Teen Equity Center, Lowell, Mass., $290,000.
  • Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville, Mass., $25,000.
  • Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence, Mass., $24,435
  • Warren/Conner Development Coalition, Detroit, Mich., $299,884.
  • Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing, Mich., $240,000.
  • West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Grand Rapids, Mich., $24,100.
  • Youth Farm and Market Project, Minneapolis, Minn., $25,000.
  • Missouri Rural Crisis Center, Columbia, Mo., $73,898.
  • Open Harvest Natural Foods Cooperative, Lincoln, Neb., $275,982.
  • Taos County Economic Development Corporation, Taos, N.M., $280,900.
  • Farm to Table, Santa Fe, N.M., $199,924.
  • City Harvest, New York, N.Y., $288,793
  • Lower East Side Girls Club of New York, New York, N.Y., $270,000.
  • Broadway Market Management Corporation, Buffalo, N.Y., $25,000.
  • Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, Kinston, N.C., $90,735.
  • American Community Gardening Association, Columbus, Ohio, $150,000.
  • Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, Athens, Ohio, $94,000.
  • Toledo Area Ministries, Toledo, Ohio, $25,000.
  • Legacy Cultural Learning Center, Muskogee, Okla., $13,895.
  • Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fredericksburg, Texas, $124,000.
  • Lynchburg Grows, Lynchburg, Va., $299,912.
  • Garden-Raised Bounty, Olympia, Wash., $269,972.
  • Cascade Land Conservancy, Seattle, Wash., $25,000.
  • Growing Power, Milwaukee, Wis., $132,000.

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.