Two Big Island Organizations Awarded USDA Grants to Increase Food Access Through Farmers Markets

Two Big Island organizations have been awarded grants from the USDA to increase food access through farmers’ markets.

They include:

  • $74,010 to the Heritage Ranch, Inc., Honaunau, HI, to start a new farmers market, establish a hub for farmers to drop off products to sell at the farmers market, expand an existing CSA operation, purchase a solar-powered cooler and freezer to store products for CSA and farmers market, introduce a weekly Food Share program, and host summer camp and field trips for students.
  • $90,460 to the Kohala Center, Kamuela, HI, to begin a new EBT project to provide EBT access to six farmers markets, train market managers and vendors, and promote these markets to SNAP recipients on Hawaii Island.

Nearly 150 farm-to-consumer marketing projects received funding today under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), marking a $9.2 million investment to support direct marketing and to increase consumer access to healthy food, much of it in food deserts and other low-income areas. This year’s awards–149 in total, distributed across 42 states and the District of Columbia–showed a rise in urban projects and increased diversity in the types of projects funded…

More info here: USDA Supports Diverse Food Access Through Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant

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