TUPPER LAKE — More than 200,000 households in the North Country — 41 percent — don’t have enough income or financial resources to cover basic household necessities.
For these residents, local food options are often not affordable or accessible.
In response to this challenge, the Adirondack North Country Association is offering grant funding to support incorporating local food into existing hunger-relief and food-security efforts in the region.
This is the second year the regional nonprofit has administered its FarmShare Fund mini-grant program.
ANCA announced its request for proposals at the second-annual North Country Food Summit, which took place at the Wild Center on Feb. 28.
Farmers, nonprofits, schools, businesses and others working on projects related to food access in ANCA’s 14-county region are eligible to apply.
Project proposals for grants of $250 to $1,500 are due by Monday, April 1.
“Conversations we had during last year’s Food Summit were instrumental in the development of the mini grant initiative,” ANCA Local Economies and Agriculture Director Josh Bakelaar said in a news release.
“These small grants give a tangible boost for businesses and organizations who are already working to address hunger and food-access challenges in the region.
“These efforts not only help get local food to people who don’t normally have easy access to it; they also build valuable new relationships within our communities.”
Read the full article in the Plattsburgh Press Republican.