WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Reinvestment Fund’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) grant program has awarded a $80,000 grant to the Apple Street Market Cooperative in Cincinnati, Ohio. The funds will support the development of a 16,332 square foot grocery store, providing economic opportunities and access to nutritious, affordable food to the Northside’s low- to moderate-income community.
“Families facing food insecurity too often have limited access to healthy and nutritious foods,” said Brown. “This grant allows the Apple Street Market Cooperative to bridge this gap, while increasing economic opportunities and innovation in Cincinnati.”
Brown helped author the Healthy Food Financing Initiative in the 2014 Farm Bill and reauthorize the program in the 2018 Farm Bill. Funding for the Reinvestment Fund’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative is part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program. This program supports access to healthy foods and job creation in rural and urban communities through nutritious food retail projects.