On August 18, 2020, Massachusetts awarded $3.3 million in grants to 34 organizations to address food insecurity. This funding is being awarded as part of the second round of the state’s new $36 million Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program. In July, 2020, the first round awarded $2.9 million in grants to 26 recipients. The awards fund investments in technology, equipment, increased capacity, and other assistance to help producers distribute food, especially to food insecure communities.
The goal of the Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program is to ensure that individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth have equitable access to food, especially local food. The program also seeks to ensure that farmers, fishermen and other local food producers are better connected to a strong, resilient food system to help mitigate future food supply and distribution disruption.
Applications will continue to be evaluated on a rolling basis through September 15, 2020. Eligible grantees include entities that are part of the Massachusetts local food system including production, processing and distribution, the emergency food distribution network, Buy Local, community and food organizations, school meal programming, urban farms and community gardens, non-profits, and organizations that provide business planning, technical assistance and information technology services.
The Request for Responses for project proposals is available at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/food-security-infrastructure-grant-program (accessed September 1, 2020).
This was reported by the Massachusetts Governor’s Press Office on August 18, 2020.
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