USDA announces $9 million to support Community Food Projects program

Posted at 4:03 PM, Feb 19, 2015

Washington D.C – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Thursday the availability of $9 million in funding to support community food projects.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is funding the grants through the Community Food Projects program (CFP), authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014.

“Community Food Projects provide the opportunity for low-income communities to become more self-reliant and take control of their own food systems,” said Sonny Ramaswamy,  NIFA director.

CFP also promotes comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues, in addition to meeting specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs.

Grants are provided to help eligible, private, nonprofit groups in need of federal assistance to establish community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and up to 36 months.

Applications are due March 17, 2015.

By Katie Vu, WTKR Intern