WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $400,000 grant to the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP).

“This investment will help the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions fill a necessary void by providing fresh and local foods to Yellow Springs and help strengthen the self-reliance of local food producers,” Brown said. “Investing in local food producers not only benefits Ohioans who can eat nutritious, fresh foods – it also boosts our agriculture sector and grows our economy.”

Through this award, the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions plans to increase access to local foods and grow community self-reliance and resilience through urban agriculture and education.

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP) has existed since 1996 as a program to fight food insecurity through developing community food projects that help promote the self-sufficiency of low-income communities. Community Food Projects are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs.

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