The US Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Reinvestment Fund, has awarded more than $430,000 to three food projects in Delaware and Maryland to bring fresh food to select local communities.
Several communities in the DC area are food deserts – areas with little or no access to fresh food. However, new subsidies will soon help alleviate the problem.
The United States Department of Agriculturein partnership with the Reinvestment Fund, awarded more than $430,000 to three food projects in Delaware and Maryland to bring fresh food to select local communities.
About $200,000 will go toward opening a grocery store in the town of Indian Head, Carroll County, Maryland. The Department of Agriculture’s State Director of Rural Development for Delaware and Maryland, David Baker, told WTOP that the community has no place within a 7-mile radius to buy fresh food.
“It’s an opportunity to bring fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and staples and anything that isn’t to the city,” Baker said.
The grocery store, Oasis Fresh Foods Market, will be the first in Indian Head in 25 years.
Additionally, some $40,000 is going to Hagerstown to run a mobile farmers market. According to Baker, the local community, including low-income families, will benefit from fresh food on the go.
“And it will also help elderly and sometimes immobile residents,” Baker said.
According to a press release, Hagerstown has a poverty rate more than twice that of Washington County and three times that of the state of Maryland. The unit, operated by VFF Produce, will travel to different parts of the Hagerstown area and supply local produce.
Nearly $200,000 is going to Wilmington, Delaware, to support an agency that operates a door-to-door delivery service.
Under the grant program, $22.6 million will be distributed to support 134 projects in rural, urban and tribal communities in 46 states, Puerto Rico and DC
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