Evans: Feb. 14 is Deadline for ‘Food Desert’ Grants for Underserved Neighborhoods
Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) announced that Feb. 14 is the deadline to apply for $1.8 million for grants to help bring grocery stores to “food desert” communities.
The grants will be provided through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a federal program that is modeled on a Pennsylvania initiative that Evans championed as a state lawmaker. He successfully worked to renew funding for the federal program in the five-year farm bill that became law last year.
“We have helped many communities, first with the Pennsylvania program and now with the national program. But there’s more to do. This is an important tool in the toolbox for rebuilding our neighborhoods,” Evans said.
To help more underserved neighborhoods, Reinvestment Fund is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to invest in healthy food projects that improve access, support jobs and strengthen local economies.
As the national fund manager, Reinvestment Fund will offer financial resources and expertise to eligible retail projects to expand access to healthy foods in underserved areas, to create and preserve quality jobs, and to revitalize low-income communities.
The program includes financial and technical assistance to support projects that improve access to healthy foods in underserved areas, create and preserve quality jobs and revitalize low-income communities. To be eligible for assistance, healthy food retail projects must: 1) plan to expand or preserve the availability of staple and perishable foods in underserved areas with low- and moderate-income populations; and 2) accept or plan to accept benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Media Contact: Ben Turner, Ben.Turner@mail.house.gov