Community Food Projects
To support the development of community food projects designed to meet the food needs of low-income people; increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own needs; and promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
173 applications were received, and 33 awards were granted in fiscal year (FY) 2016, totaling 8.64 million. The funding ratio is 19%. During Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, 173 applications were received, and 33 awards were funded, totaling $8.64 million. The funding ratio is 19%.Fiscal Year 2017
During Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, 239 applications were received, and awards were funded, totaling $8.64 million. The funding ratio is 17%.Fiscal Year 2018
The Funding for FY 2018 was $8,640,000 with a total of 33 awards, and 228 proposals submitted. The Funding rate was 14%.Fiscal Year 2019
The FY 2019 Funding for Community Food Projects totaled $3,840,000 and funded a total of 14 projects with 114 projects submitted. The funding rate is 12%.Fiscal Year 2020
Funds for FY 2020 will be approximately $4,800,000. NIFA projects that 3 Planning Projects and 11 Community Food Projects will be funded.
The Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) legislative authority is located in Section 25 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2034), as 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), which authorizes a program of federal grants to establish and carry out Community Food Projects., 7 U.S.C. 2034
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Proposals may be submitted by private nonprofit entities. Because projects must promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues, applicants are encouraged to seek and create partnership among public, private nonprofit and private for-profit organizations or firms. To be further eligible for a grant, a private nonprofit applicant must meet three mandatory requirements: 1. Have experience in the area of: (a) community food work, particularly concerning small and medium-sized farms, including the provision of food to people in low-income communities and the development of new markets in low-income communities for agricultural producers; or (b) job training and business development activities in low-income communities; 2. demonstrate competency to implement a project, provide fiscal accountability and oversight, collect data, and prepare reports and other appropriate documentation; and 3. demonstrate a willingness to share information with researchers, practitioners, and other interested parties.
Low income people.
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR SS 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR SS 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, "Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information." SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. All RFAs are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. Please see the following Grants.gov link for more information: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) only accepts electronic applications which are submitted via Grants.gov in response to specific Requests for Applications (RFA). Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process. For information about the pre-award phase of the grant lifecycle application processes see: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/learn-grants/grants-101/pre-award-phase.html. Further, applicants must follow the instructions provided in the NIFA Grants.gov Application Guide, which can be assessed as follows: Adobe NIFA Applications. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFA). 2 CFR 200 - Subpart C and Appendix I and 2 CFR part 400 apply to this Program. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Contact the National Program Leader (NPL), as indicated per CFDA Section # 152 - Headquarters Office regarding dates for specific deadlines, start and end dates, and range of approval/disapproval time. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. NIFA's respective links regarding general information are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/ http://www.grants.gov. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/secondary-education-two-year-postsecondary-education-and-agriculture-k-12 RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 - Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA), which are generally published annually. The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program
How are proposals selected?
Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Request for Application (RFA). 1. The applicability and merit of the proposed project in regard to its ability to: Meet the food needs of low-income people in the proposed community for providing for its own food needs; and promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition needs; 2. the capacity to become self-sustaining once Federal funding ends; and 3. organizational and staff qualifications and experience; and 4. additional criteria will be considered relative to the extent the proposed project contributes to: (a) developing linkages between two or more sectors of the food system; (b) supporting the development of entrepreneurial projects; (c) developing innovative linkages between the for-profit and nonprofit food sectors; (d) encouraging long-term planning activities and multi-system, interagency approaches; and (e) incorporating linkages to one or more ongoing USDA themes or initiatives referred to in the program guidelines and/or annual proposal solicitation. 2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program
How may assistance be used?
Community food projects are intended to take a comprehensive approach to developing long-term solutions that help to ensure food security in communities by linking the food sector to community development, economic opportunity, and environmental enhancement. Comprehensive solutions may include elements such as:
(1) Improved access to high quality, affordable food among low-income households;
(2) support for local food systems, from urban gardening to local farms that provide high quality fresh food, ideally with minimal adverse environmental impact; and
(3) expanded economic opportunities for community residents through local business or other economic development, improved employment opportunities, job training, youth apprenticeship, school-to-work transition, and the like. Any solution proposed must tie into community food needs.
Successful applicants must provide matching funds, either in cash or in-kind amounting to at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project during the term of the grant award.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, Subpart F - Audit Requirements nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards must have a single or program-specific audit conducted for that year in accordance with the provisions of this part. A non-Federal entity that expends less than $750,000 during the non-Federal entity's fiscal year in Federal awards is exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in SS 200.503. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General. Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, SS 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is voluntary. 100%. Successful CFP applicants and PP award applicants MUST provide matching on a dollar-for-dollar basis (100%) for all federal funds awarded. Matching funds are not required for T & TA grants. The legislation establishing the FSLC requires that as a condition to receiving a grant from NIFA, the NGO must contribute in-kind resources toward implementing the grant. To comply with this provision, NIFA has determined that applicants must provide at least 25 percent of total project resources on an in-kind basis during the term of the grant award. The Federal share of FSLC costs can be no more than 75 percent of total project costs. CFP, PP and FSCL grantees may provide matching funds through cash and/or in-kind contributions, including third-party in-kind contributions fairly evaluated, including facilities. The non-federal share of the funding may come from state government, local government, other non-profit entities, or private sources. Examples of qualifying matching contributions may include direct costs such as: rent for office space used exclusively for the funded project; duplication or postage costs; and staff time from an entity other than the applicant for job training or nutrition education. SPECIAL NOTES: (1) Use of Indirect Costs as In-Kind Matching Contributions. Indirect costs may be claimed under the Federal portion of the award budget or, alternatively, indirect costs may be claimed as a matching contribution (if no indirect costs are requested under the Federal portion of the award budget). However, unless explicitly authorized in the RFA, indirect costs may not be claimed on both the Federal portion of the award budget and as a matching contribution, unless the total claimed on both the Federal portion of the award budget and as a matching contribution does not exceed the maximum allowed indirect costs or the institution’s negotiated indirect cost rate, whichever is less. An awardee may split the allocation between the Federal and non-Federal portions of the budget only if the total amount of indirect costs charged to the project does not exceed the maximum allowed indirect costs or the institution’s negotiated indirect cost rate, whichever is less. For example, if an awardees' indirect costs are capped at 22 percent pursuant to section 1462(a) of NARETPA (7 U.S.C. 3310(a)), the awardee may request 11 percent of the indirect costs on both the Federal portion of the award and as a matching contribution. Or, the awardee may request any similar percentage that, when combined, does not exceed the maximum indirect cost rate of 22 percent. (2) Matching funds are not required for training and technical assistance (T & TA) grants.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The term of competitive project grants and/or cooperative agreements under this program may not exceed three (3) years. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program. In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are not to exceed five (5) years. Further details are provided in the Award document Form NIFA-2009 and the NIFA General Terms and Conditions Grants and Cooperative Agreements (dated October 2016) at: https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016. SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database. NIFA utilizes the Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP), a secure, web-based electronic payment and information system that allows federal agencies to administer funds. Currently, ASAP is the only payment source for new NIFA grantees.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NIFA is transitioning to a new location for Fiscal Year 2020. NIFA's New Mailing Address AFTER September 30, 2019 follows: National Institute of Food and Agriculture 6501 Beacon Drive Kansas City, MO 64133
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader,
Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, Division of Nutrition, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 2225
Washington, DC 20250-2225 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$8,640,000.00; FY 19 est $3,840,000.00; FY 20 est $4,800,000.00; FY 17$8,640,000.00; FY 16$8,640,000.00; - The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/community-food-projects-cfp-competitive-grants-program
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA's partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA's primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA's Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA'S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant's circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Families, Food & Farms: Connecting Food Resources: As partners of the Rogue Valley Food system Network, Access and the Family Nurturing Center will collaborate to increase food self-sufficiency and improve nutritional health in the context of local food system efforts through innovative solutions. The partners will work to increase access to healthy, locally produced food for underserved community members and specifically families recovering from substance abuse. Linking Mobile Markets and Urban Farms Initiative: Funding for this proposal will increase Fooklink’s ability to meet the food needs of low-income individuals and improve food access in underserved communities by strengthening the connections between programs, reducing waste and distributing more fresh produce through the Curbside market. The Curbside Market is an innovative program that links local farmers with consumers in low-income and low-food access communities. The program is the areas largest urban farm, serving over 200 Nepali and Burmese gardeners. The MPS Farm Project and The Farm at Nellie Stone The MPS Farm Project is a model for engaging students, teachers and the community in growing food and building healthy food skills. Youth Farm, along with our key partners Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Nutrition Services (MPS) and Nellie Stone Johnson Community School (NSJ) are partnering to focus on four (4) goals: (1) Increase understanding of food production and nutrition among youth and teachers through agricultural education, classroom lessons and school meals; (2) Increase community understanding of food production, purchasing and preparation through nutrition education and engagement in the farm project to support community health and self-reliance; (3) Increase access to diverse, healthy food options in order to support healthy Minneapolis communities; and (4) Create a scalable and replicable partnership model for supporting school communities in food, nutrition, youth development and agricultural education. The MPS Farm Project and The Farm at Nellie Stone will be developed over the course of five (5) years, engaging students and teachers at NSJ, teachers and school garden coordinators throughout the MPS district, Youth Farm, youth, and community members from Hawthorne and surrounding neighborhoods. These partners will collaboratively build a 23-acre farm and outdoor education space, including a greenhouse and hoop house, creating food access and developing a model for partner schools that connects the farm, the cafeteria, and the classroom through experiential education that aligns with MPS standards and Youth Farm’s youth development model. Integrating Workforce Training For Foster Youth With A Community Food Web: Culinary Arts, Agriculture, and Nutrition (I-Can) The proposed project is designed to develop and maintain a network of services to assist young adults recently emancipated from the foster care system, and brings together the resources of a large comprehensive university, an arboretum, a non-profit social enterprise, and a NIFA-funded community-based education and research project. The goals of the program are to: (1) to increase knowledge and skills of sustainable urban agriculture,; (2) increase knowledge and practice of Dietary Guidelines for Americans in coordination with increasing culinary skills; (3) to develop business and entrepreneurial skills through the creation, testing, and sale of value-added products based on fruits and vegetables from the arboretum; and (4) to embed community-based research into the evaluation of the program. Healthy Here: Bernalillo County Community Food Projects And Mobile Food Market Presbyterian Healthcare Services will serve as the backbone agency for a collective impact partnership to address food insecurity and health disparities in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Organization partners include Agri-Cultura Network, Adelante, Kids Cook!, Street Food Institute, and First Choice Community Healthcare. Partners along with a community-based Governance Committee will plan and carry out a four-year project incorporating a Mobile Food Market that sells locally grown produce and integrates outreach and education about cooking, nutrition, and gardening. Target beneficiaries are low-income residents of the South Valley and the International District. Residents here face challenges affording healthy produce and may not have ready transportation to reach the limited number of supermarkets and other retailers selling produce. The Mobile Food Market will stop at points of community intersection like schools, clinics, and senior centers. Programming also includes public workshops about gardening and food and a train-the trainer model to produce Community Food Leaders. The project will also employ area residents as trained Community Food Educators. Project goals include increasing access to nutritious food among low-income residents; developing local leadership and food security; supporting local farming of high-value crops and agricultural economic development; improving healthy eating and reducing area health disparities; and strengthening linkages between agricultural, entrepreneurial, health, and human service sectors to create a vibrant local food economy. Rebuilding Local Food Systems in Farmworker Communities Project The Farmworker Association of Florida, a community-based organization, proposes to expand its Rebuilding Local Food Systems (RLFS) in Farmworker Communities project, whose goal is trifold: to increase small-scale food production in farmworker communities; to increase low-income community members’ access to and consumption of affordable, organic foods; and to raise low income community members’ awareness about the importance of producing and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables that are locally grown using methods that conserve natural resources. Toward this goal, the RLFS project has three (3) distinct objectives: (1) to establish/improve community gardens in four (4) farmworker communities to serve as small-scale agriculture demonstration sites to exemplify potential farm economic development opportunities; (2) to develop/implement a food and farm entrepreneur program to provide education and technical assistance to community members on becoming small farmers by establishing backyard farm operations or forming agricultural cooperatives; and (3) to provide sustainable agriculture, nutrition, and healthy living education to farm worker families and other low-income persons in the target communities. The primary beneficiaries and engaged populations of the RLFS project are minority, low-income residents of the agricultural areas of South Apopka, Fellsmere, Pierson, and Homestead/Florida City. The Rebuilding Local Food Systems project aligns well with the following Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) objectives and/or priorities: meet the food needs of low-income individuals; increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; and promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues.Fiscal Year 2017
Farms to Food Banks Capacity-Building Project Farm to Food Banks Capacity Building Project reduces food insecurity in Kentucky and strengthens the linkages between key sectors of Kentucky’s food system, including farmers, nonprofit food distributors and low-income consumers. Outcomes include increasing the amount of fresh produce to low income Kentuckians by 9 million, increasing by 20% the number of food bank patrons that are aware of the benefits of healthy eating and possessing the skill necessary to prepare fruits and vegetables; and increasing by 200 the number of Kentucky farmers benefiting from a new market for a Number 2-grade and surplus produce and an average increase in cash flow of $2,500.Fiscal Year 2018
A CFP project in Ohio is working with immigrant communities, and is creating a local food enterprise center focused on revitalizing the economy by training, supporting, and incubating, along with connecting small food-based businesses, from farmers to canners to caterers. The goal is to create and increase healthy food access while incubating local food-based businesses.Fiscal Year 2019
This CFP project is in Louisiana and will work with three local farms to increase local produce by at least 5%. Local produce will be incorporated into existing market channels, including the restaurants, affordable grocery boxes, and healthy grab-and-go items, with emphasis on ensuring access for low-income residents and providing community-based nutrition education. This also includes a workforce readiness program for disconnected youth, and embedding them in the day to day work of improving food access.Fiscal Year 2020
Information is not yet available. It is anticipated that similar projects will be funded in Fiscal Year 2020. Pertinent information will be provided by Program at a future date.