CDFA & King County, Washington Launch Partnership
With funding from the Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how DFA's can become more engaged in developing localized food systems through traditional finance. CDFA is partnering with King County, Washington to develop and produce a pilot project that utilizes development finance tools for a food related development.
Cincinnati Neighborhood Works To Solve Food Access Problem
Following the close of a local Save-A-Lot grocery store in Cincinnati's Northside neighborhood, a coalition of local organizations have worked with the city council to to acquire the former Save-A-Lot building in Northside, which the city supported through 515K in funding, for the purpose of launching the Apple Street Market.
ND Rural Grocery Store Initiative Supported by CoBank, USDA
Once claiming to be the bread basket of the world, North Dakota is on its way to becoming a food desert, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. North Dakota Rural Grocery Initiative aims to save grocery stores, and has received support from the USDA and 190,000 from CoBank.
More Funding Made Available to Support Farm-to-School Programs Across New York
Governor Cuomo announced that $1.5 million will be made available for eligible school districts to support the growth of Farm-to-School programs for the upcoming school year. The program aims to help K-12 schools to increase the volume and variety of locally grown and produced food on school menus.
MDA Announces Good Food Access Program Awardees
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is pleased to announce that fourteen projects statewide, almost twice as many as last year, have been awarded funding through the Good Food Access Program (GFAP). A total of $233,750 in grant funds has been awarded to projects to purchase equipment and make physical improvements.
USDA's $12B Farmer Relief Package
Sonny Perdue, secretary of the USDA, announced the government would use the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), to compensate farmers for an estimated $11 billion in losses due to the trade wars. While farmers should be prepared to take advantage of the program, how it will actually work is still unclear.
$100K Awarded to Ten Food Enterprises by the Michigan Good Food Fund
Business from around Michigan were awarded $10,000 each in new Catalytic Investment Awards from the Michigan Good Food Fund, a statewide loan fund working to increase healthy food access and spark economic development in communities that need it most.