15th Apr 2011
April 15, 2011
CFO Systems Director, Edgar Hicks, travelled to Washington, D.C. this past month to serve on the Community Food Projects Review Team. The team met to select proposals to receive USDA funding. The program was created to fight food insecurity by funding projects that increase the self-sufficiency of low-income communities.
Hicks also serves on various USDA Agricultural Advisory Committees and works closely with grange organizations throughout the Midwest. A dedicated advocate for community farming and nutrition issues Hicks said, “Despite a Congressional mandate to meet the needs of low-income people, the USDA Community Food Projects is becoming a resource for all consumers looking to provide a long-term menu that is affordable and nutritious. The abundance that many Americans take for granted is eroding throughout our communities and $5 million dollars doesn’t reach as many people as we would like in the current economic climate. Personally, it was overwhelmingly rewarding to serve on a diverse national review panel dealing with husbandry issues.”
The Community Food Projects Competitive Grants were established in 1996 by the Federal Agriculture Improvement Reform Act and re-authorized in 2002. The program is designed to meet the needs of low-income families by improving their access to nutritious food, increase the ability of communities to provide their own food and promote comprehensive responses to issues related to local food, farming and nutrition.
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