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NYS agriculture commissioner announces applications open for FreshConnect CSA for SNAP grant program


Mon, Jul 24th 2023 06:35 pm

$250,000 available to increase access to locally grown foods and support New York’s farmers

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced applications are open to New York organizations for the FreshConnect CSA for SNAP program. This program will help to give Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in New York increased access to weekly shares of fresh, locally grown produce through community-supported agriculture (CSA) initiatives by defraying up to half the cost, while also lending additional support to New York’s farmers and producers.

A press release stated, “This program builds on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s goal to boost demand for New York agricultural products, bolster New York's food supply chain, and ensure all New Yorkers have access to fresh, local foods.”

Ball said, “We’re working hard to ensure that all New Yorkers across the state can access fresh, nutritious produce grown by our hardworking farmers. The FreshConnect CSA for SNAP program is a great addition to our programming, helping our residents enrolled in the SNAP program to have more access to the bounty of New York’s farms. I encourage all eligible organizations to apply to be a part of this great program and help their neighbors in need.”

The press release explained, “The FreshConnect CSA for SNAP program will help SNAP participants working with awarded organizations better access the popular CSA model. The purchase of weekly CSA shares using SNAP funds will be offset to lower the cost to consumers, while still providing the farmer with the full price of the food. Up to 50% of the cost of a weekly share purchased by a SNAP recipient with their SNAP benefits may be paid by awarded organizations through this program.

“Awards for this opportunity will be made on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. A total of $250,000 in funding is available through this request for applications. Applicants may request a minimum of $10,000 and a maximum of $50,000.”

Applications must be submitted through the Grants Gateway by 3 p.m. Oct. 20. To provide an overview of the program for potential applicants, a FreshConnect CSA for SNAP Program – Informational Webinar will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.

Learn more at https://agriculture.ny.gov/rfa-0307-freshconnect-csa-snap-program.

Additionally, earlier this year, Hochul announced a new initiative to double the buying power for SNAP recipients at farmers' markets across New York. The FreshConnect Fresh2You initiative now provides eligible New Yorkers with a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $50 per day at participating farmers’ markets, which allows families in need to purchase more healthy food, including produce, dairy and meats. 

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