USDA Announces Grants to Help Families Afford Healthy Food

11/02/2016 - A third round of USDA grants will be available to communities to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by families and households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The funding will be awarded to nonprofit and governmental organizations through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program. For a project to be eligible for a grant, it must be included in one of three categories:

  1. FINI Pilot Projects (awards not to exceed a total of $100,000 over one year)
  2. Multi-year, community-based FINI Projects (awards not to exceed a total of $500,000 over no more than four years)
  3. Multi-year, FINI Large-Scale Projects (awards of $500,000 or more over no more than four years)

The 2014 Farm Bill authorized the grants and the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture administered of the grants.

The Farm Bill provides an opportunity to improve access to healthy foods and support a strong and resilient food system. The FINI Grant Program was an Academy's priority when the 2014 Farm Bill was legislated. The Academy will advocate for the program again in the next two years, during the next Farm Bill reauthorization.

Read the Academy's overview of the Farm Bill for more information, including recommendations for the bill and programs.