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MDA Announces Local Food Purchase Assistance Program Grant Recipients

Second round of grants now open

St. Paul, MN: Minnesota farmers and communities throughout the state are benefitting from a new program aimed at local and regional food systems. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded 33 organizations, local units of government, and tribal nations $3.53 million in grants through the Minnesota Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) Program. The program provides funding for projects that buy local food primarily from socially disadvantaged farmers and distribute that food at no cost to underserved communities.

The MDA is also accepting applications for a second round of LFPA Program grants. Applications will be accepted through May 20, 2024. Applicants may request between $20,000 and $125,000, and the MDA anticipates awarding roughly $3.1 million in this second round. The application and more information can be found on the MDA website at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/lfpa.

Interested parties can attend one of two virtual information sessions to learn more about the LFPA Program. The sessions will be held at the following times:

• May 1, 2024, from 5 – 6 p.m. Register for this event.

• May 2, 2024, from 12 – 1 p.m. Register for this event.

In the first round of grants, the MDA received 50 proposals requesting approximately $5.9 million. The grant recipients are:

Grant Recipient City

Audubon Neighborhood Association Minneapolis

Church of the Incarnation Minneapolis

City of Richfield Richfield

Community Action Center Northfield

Community Action Duluth Duluth

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio Inc Saint Paul

Grand Rapids Farmers' Market Grand Rapids

HAVEN, Int'l Saint Paul

Hennepin County Minneapolis

Hmong American Farmers Association West Saint Paul

Isuroon Minneapolis

Kaleidoscope-Kawm Thiab Siv, LLC Oakdale

Keystone Community Services Saint Paul

North Country Food Alliance Minneapolis

Pillsbury United Communities Minneapolis

Prairie Rose Agriculture Institute for Research, Innovation and Education (PRAIRIE) Moorhead

PRISM Golden Valley

Real Food Inc. dba Becker Market Willmar

Red Lake Nation Red Lake

Red Wing Area Farmers’ Market Association, Inc. Red Wing

Red Wing Area Food Shelf Red Wing

Region Nine Development Commission Mankato

Riverwood Healthcare Center Aitkin

Southeast Minnesota Food Rescue and Redistribution Rochester

Sprout MN Little Falls

TC Food Justice Minneapolis

The Good Acre Falcon Heights

The Humanity Alliance Victoria

The Open Door Eagan

The Sanneh Foundation Saint Paul

The Village Agricultural Cooperative Rochester

Virginia Farmers’ Market Hub Virginia

White Earth Nation White Earth

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service awarded the MDA $8,141,877 million in LFPA funding. The LFPA Program is authorized by the American Rescue Plan to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency.

 

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