Local Foods, Local Places Announcement of Federal Assistance for Sustainable Communities

“Communities are invited to apply for assistance from Local Foods, Local Places, a new program supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. Together, the agencies are investing $650,000 in the Local Foods, Local Places program, which aims to:

  • Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, and foster entrepreneurship;
  • Improve access to healthy local food, particularly among disadvantaged groups with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables; and
  • Revitalize downtowns, main street districts, and traditional neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets, food hubs, community gardens, community kitchens, and other kinds of local food enterprises, and by providing people with affordable choices for accessing those amenities, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.”

Learn more about this funding source and if your local food project qualifies for assistance.