The funding will help grocers, markets and other organizations provide healthy food options to underserved communities.
RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Undersecretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small today announced that the Department has partnered with the Reinvestment Fund to invest $600 $000 in grants to improve access to healthy food in underserved communities across North Carolina.
The investments are being made through the Healthy Foods Financing Initiative (HFFI), which helps bring grocery stores and other healthy food retailers to underserved urban and rural communities.
“The Biden-Harris administration and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to creating local and regional food systems that benefit all Americans, from farmers and ranchers to small businesses and families who currently need travel far from home to find fresh, healthy food. said Torres Small.
“USDA is proud to partner with the Reinvestment Fund to ensure these resources reach communities where they are needed most, so people can find nutritious food options wherever they live.”
For example, in Winston Salem, the SHARE cooperative is receiving an $83,000 grant to support the next phase of technology infrastructure development and implementation for Harvest Market, a food cooperative that will be a full-service retail grocery store. open to the public and serve fresh, healthy and affordable food.
Many low-income communities lack adequate and affordable access to healthy foods.
HFFI provides grants and loans to entities that bring healthy foods to communities underserved by grocery stores and other food retailers.
The program improves access to healthy food, provides new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers, stabilizes small independent retailers, and creates quality jobs and economic opportunities in low-income communities.
“Some people in rural North Carolina don’t have the ability to have a grocery store in their hometown or in the next town,” said state Director of Rural Development Reginald Speight.
“Through the Healthy Foods Funding Initiative, USDA is partnering with the Reinvestment Fund to bring healthy food options to underserved rural, urban, and tribal communities.”