Last month we reported on the opening of the Renaissance Community Co-Op, a community-owned grocery store brought about by neighbors in one of Greensboro’s worst food deserts.
This week there’s more good news for Triad areas experiencing food insecurity. Greensboro has been awarded a $470,000 grant to help provide fresh food in food deserts.
From the piece in Greensboro’s News & Record:
The city will administer funds from the Local Food Promotion Program Implementation grant and coordinate partners in the Food Access Plan.
That plan is intended to increase retail access to the local produce. It is intended to connect food businesses with farmers and consumers.
It looks at all parts of the city’s food system and should expand entrepreneurial opportunities for local farmers and residents interested in starting food-related businesses.
Partners in the plan include the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office, which provides training in food safety for people using the Shared Use Kitchen.
Another partner, the Greensboro Farmers Market, has offered space at its facility for new entrepreneurs. Operators of the market would assist entrepreneurs with marketing and business planning.
The Out of the Garden Project will use its community kitchen to support new food businesses.
UNC-Greensboro will help in development of businesses and provide statistical analysis on the results of programs.
As the NC Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center recently reported, nearly 1 in 6 households in North Carolina face issues of hunger.