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 $48,918 grant to the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership through the Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP).

“This investment will help the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership support local food producers and provide training and resources to local growers,” 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 Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership plans to expand farm business knowledge, create a system where community members can share seeds and plant knowledge, increase access to local technical support resources, and connect more farmers to local processing resources for process planning and development.

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.