June 21, 1996
$1 million will be available under a competitive grants program established
by the Community Food Security Act (Assistance to Community Foods Projects)
during FY 1996. The Office of Analysis and Evaluation of Food and Consumer
Services, USDA will be administering the program. Legislative language
establishes this program to support community food projects with the
intention of "meeting the food needs of low income people; increasing the
self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs; and
promoting comprehensive responses to local, food, farm, and nutrition
It is expected that programs such as community gardens, farmers' markets,
CSAs, micro-enterprises, and others will be eligible.
Requests for Proposals are not yet available, but are expected to be released
To assist organizations in program planning previous to the RFP's release,
the Community Food Security Coalition has prepared a document entitled, "
Guidance to Non-Profits for Developing Community Food Project Applications."
To receive a copy or to find out more information about this program or
community food security in general, please contact Andy Fisher, coordinator,
CFS Coalition, email@example.com, 310-822-5410.