USDA Aims to Improve Food and Nutrition Education for Low-Income Communities

November 1, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises that bring nutritious food to low-income communities. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“This program reaches into neighborhoods across America to improve access to food and nutrition education, assist community outreach, and empower local farms,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These NIFA investments help communities develop field to fork food systems that provide long-term community solutions."

The primary goals of the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFP) are to meet the food needs of low-income individuals, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues, and meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs. Grants aim to bring together stakeholders from the distinct parts of the food system and foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems.

In 2017, 35 grants totaling $8.6 million were awarded through the CFP program. Restoration was awarded a grant totaling $239,140. Read more about the other winners, the programs and the USDA here.