Grant Program to Support Local Food System Amid COVID-19 Crisis

March, 2020

SARANAC LAKE | The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some critical stress points in our local food system. Farmers have reported labor issues, market closures and fears of supply chain disruption. To bolster local food security and ensure the resilience and sustainability of local farms, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) has announced a $100,000 Local Food Security Grant opportunity for farms in its 14-county service area. 

The new program, which was launched on March 19, will be accepting proposals from regional farmers until Tuesday, April 10, 2020. Details about the application process can be found on the ANCA website. The grant funds are made possible by the same anonymous donors who supported the 2019 Local Farm Grant program, which awarded nearly $104,000 to eight regional farmers.

“As we all begin to realize the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic and community impacts it could have in our region, ANCA is working on ways we can support our local small businesses through the crisis,” said the regional economic nonprofit’s executive director, Kate Fish. “We turned this new grant program around quickly over the last several days in order to begin that effort.”

Read the full article in the Sun Community News.