2013 Fresh Connect Farmers Market Program Grants - Award Annoucement, May 2013
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $260,000 in funding for the third year of the "FreshConnect" farmers' market program, which brings fresh food from New York farms to underserved communities throughout the state. Building on the experience gained in the first two years of the FreshConnect program, new components have been added to enhance and increase the involvement of youth participation in the food system and the mechanisms to deliver healthy food products to those in need. This year, the FreshConnect program will help increase locally-grown food products throughout the state through projects such as youth markets, delivery of products to low-income housing facilities and new initiatives at traditional farmers' markets.
"Our FreshConnect Farmers' Markets are getting better and better every year," said Governor Cuomo. "Not only are we helping New York farmers bring their products to market, but we are bringing fresh food from these farmers to traditionally underserved communities. This initiative is great for New York agriculture and a tremendous boost to the public health of our citizens."
Launched by the Governor in 2011, the FreshConnect program is designed to foster new farmers' markets and support existing markets that provide fresh produce to high-need areas throughout the state. In some areas, the program serves rural or urban populations that do not have sufficient access to grocery stores; in others, it provides low-income, high-unemployment neighborhoods with healthy, New York-grown produce, as well as local jobs.
Funding was awarded by way of a competitive process. In total, 23 projects totaling $260,000 received funding under this request for proposals.
State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine said, "We couldn't be more pleased that Governor Cuomo is continuing our highly-successful FreshConnect Farmers' Markets program for a third straight year. It's an initiative that just keeps getting better and better for our hard working farmers and the New Yorkers who have come to enjoy their fresh products. I look forward to another great year at these first-class marketplaces."
Kristin M. Proud, Acting Commissioner of the Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance, which oversees SNAP in New York State, said, "Governor Cuomo's continued focus on bringing more fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables from New York's farmers to low-income households through the FreshConnect program promotes local agriculture while improving nutrition among some of our most vulnerable residents. These expanded efforts further the Governor's goal of preventing hunger by improving access for New Yorkers to fresh, healthy, locally-grown food choices when shopping for their families."
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, "Governor Cuomo's FreshConnect Farmers' Market program has been hugely successful in providing healthy fresh food to communities across our state, and critical to our efforts to grow New York's agriculture industry. Now in its third year, the FreshConnect program will further expand its reach, creating jobs and strengthening the economy."
State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., said, "Ensuring all New Yorkers have access to nutritious foods is an essential component of the state's health agenda. Governor Cuomo's leadership and support for the FreshConnect program makes it possible for people across the state to enjoy the benefits of locally grown produce as part of a healthy diet."
State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, "The success of the FreshConnect Farmers' Markets program is clear – from an economic perspective, from a public health perspective, and from a job training perspective. Governor Cuomo's new addition, the Youth Markets program, will train our youth early on to open and operate a market, skills applicable to any industry and career path."
Dean Norton, President of New York Farm Bureau, said, "The funding for the various food programs announced today will provide additional opportunities to connect our state's farms with consumers in both rural and underserved urban communities. Not only will this increase market opportunities for farmers, but it will also ensure the people of New York have greater access to healthy, local food for their dinner tables. We appreciate the efforts of Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Aubertine on behalf of our farm families."
Diane Eggert, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Federation of New York, said, "With the opening of the farmers market season this Spring, we once again thank Governor Cuomo for his support of farmers markets through the FreshConnect program. This program assists farmers markets throughout the state to reach low income community members, making fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods available to all community members."
A list of awardees is below:
Bellevue Preservation, Inc. (Capital Region) - $4,700
Food Box Pilot Project
2014 USDA Farm To School Grants - Request For Applications
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) established a Federal Farm to School Program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is charged with implementing the Farm to School program.
Three Types of Grants
1. Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities and are intended to help these entities organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by embedding known best practices into early design considerations.
Who can apply:
· K-12 School Food Authorities, nonprofit private schools, charter schools, Indian tribal schools, and others that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs.
2. Implementation grants are intended to help schools or school districts scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives.
Who can apply:
· K-12 School Food Authorities, nonprofit private schools, charter schools, Indian tribal schools, and others that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs,
3. Support Service grants are intended for eligible entities working with schools or school districts to further develop and provide broad reaching support services to farm to school initiatives.
Who can apply:
Funding Amounts and Expected Distribution of Awards
A Match is Required, Evaluation Too
Pick One, Then Think about Partnering
Schools are encouraged to partner with eligible entities as part of a support service grant proposal.
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