USDA Invests $240K Into Healthy Food Access for Marylanders – Conduit Street – Conduit Street

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $240,157 in grants to two rural Maryland projects to provide healthy food to residents.
The grant awards are made possible through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a $22.6 million nationwide effort to bring grocery stores and other healthy food retailers to underserved urban and rural communities. USDA Rural Development State Director for Delaware and Maryland, David Baker, praised the investment in a press release:
‘Access to healthy and affordable food options should be available to all residents of Delaware and Maryland, regardless of where they live,’ said Director Baker. ‘I’m thrilled that Rural Development’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative, in partnership with the Reinvestment Fund, has invested more than $430k to three businesses and organizations [in] our states to help expand access to healthy foods, provide new opportunities for small producers, and strengthen local independent retailers.’
The awarded projects in Maryland include the following
The USDA had previously announced it is committing $155 million to HFFI to be delivered in partnership with the Reinvestment Fund. Interested individuals can visit the USDA-operated Food Access Research Atlas for additional information regarding locations needing healthy food retailers.
Read the full USDA press release. 
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