The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM), in partnership with the Temporary and Disabled Services Administration (OTDA), today announced almost $1.1 million in funding to 32 organizations through the Nutrition Education Supplemental Assistance Program and obesity prevention (SNAP). -Hell) grants. Each of the SNAP-Ed Food Box and Community Growers grant programs provides funding to eligible groups to further expand access to fresh, affordable food in underserved communities across New York State and support New York’s agricultural industry. Funding is still available through the Food Box Grant Program and eligible organizations are encouraged to apply by July 18th. The grants announced today are part of Governor Hochul’s 2022 state priorities to expand SNAP access to New York City farms and increase support for urban farms and community gardens across the state.
State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball said: “The SNAP-Ed Food Box and Community Growers grant programs are critical to increasing the production and consumption of healthy foods in New York State, especially in communities that have historically been underserved. I am delighted to see so many great projects funded this year and look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition. I encourage all relevant organizations to apply for the remaining funds of the Food Box grant program to continue expanding access to nutritious local foods for our communities that need them most.”
Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Daniel W. Titz said: “Access to affordable food and other nutritious foods can have a transformative impact on the health of low-income households. Programs funded by these grants help both improve access to these foods and educate families about the important role they play in their diets. We are pleased to see strong interest in the Community Growers program and encourage other eligible organizations to participate in SNAP-Ed Food Box grants while funding remains available.”
Grant Program for Local Producers
The SNAP-Ed Community Growers Grant Program provides direct support to local gardens and nonprofit farms that work to combat food insecurity in resource-limited areas and help food-insecure communities develop the interest and skills to grow and prepare healthy food. local food. The 2022 funding round has awarded $1 million to 23 grant recipients in New York State. The list of awarded projects is given below.
- metropolitan region
- Kites Nest, Inc. (District of Columbia) – $49,983.
- Finger Lakes
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (Steuben County) – $36,693.
- The Taproot, Inc. team (Monroe County) – $50,000
- Long Island
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County (Nassau County) – $50,000.
- Middle Hudson
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County (Orange County) – $47,562
- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County (Sullivan County) – $32,138.
- Our New Garden, Inc. (Westchester County) – $49,980.
- Poughkeepsie Farm Project (Dutchess County) – $50,000.
- Westchester Land Trust (Westchester County) – $16,840.
- YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County (Ulster County) – $45,545.
- New York
- Bellerose Colonial Farmhouse Restoration Society, Inc. (Queens County) – $50,000
- Crenulated Co., Ltd, dba New Settlement (Bronx County) – $50,000
- Edible New York Schoolyard (Kings County) – $50,000
- Grandma’s love, OOO (Kings County) – $41,486
- Green Guerrillas, Inc. (Kings County) – $50,000
- International Rescue Committee (New York County) – $50,000.
- Educational Farm Morris Campus, Inc. (Bronx County) – $50,000
- New York Restoration Project (New York County) – $49,841.
- United Community Centers, Inc. (Kings County) – $50,000
- Seeds in the Middle, Inc. (Kings County) – $22,456
- Western New York
- Baker Hall Inc. dba OLV Human Services (Erie County) – $32,478.
- Buffalo Vineyard Inc. dba 5 Bread farm (Erie County) – $49,998.
- Mass Gardens of Western New York (Erie County) – $25,000.
Food Box Grant Program
The SNAP-Ed Food Box Grant Program provides direct support to local gardeners and non-profit organizations to make local produce accessible and accessible to SNAP eligible communities, as well as provide nutrition education. To date, $90,000 has been awarded to nine grant recipients in New York State. Funding is still available and applications for the program are accepted until July 18, 2022 at 4:00 pm. Eligible groups are invited to learn more about this opportunity at https://agriculture.ny.gov/rfa-0273-snap-ed-food-box-grant-program.
state of the state
Each of the SNAP-ED Food Box and Community Growers grant programs supports Governor Hole’s 2022 state priorities to make local food available to more residents, including in food deserts and underserved communities, and encourage more urban farming. As part of the Governor’s plan to expand SNAP access to New York farms, the state will become a national leader in facilitating online SNAP EBT purchases directly from New York farmers, removing a major barrier to access. In addition, SNAP recipients will receive a special FreshConnect benefit when they purchase a Community Supported Farm (CSA) grocery subscription. These initiatives will help low-income members of the community access healthy, fresh produce and support farmers across the state.