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USDA Awards $4.8 Million in Grants for Community Food Projects

News Release

Contact:
Jennifer Martin, CSREES Staff, (202) 720-8188

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 http://www.csrees.usda.gov.

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