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Good Food Access equipment grants available

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has $225,000 in grant funding available through the 2020 Good Food Access Program (GFAP) Equipment and Physical Improvement program to increase availability and access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to underserved communities.

The grants are targeted to grocery stores and small food retailers to purchase equipment or make physical improvements that will allow them to stock more fresh foods, including produce. Projects must be located in or serve Census-designated food deserts or low- and moderate-income communities with limited access to supermarkets.

Potential projects may include the purchase of shelving, mobile food trucks, permanent infrastructure at farmers’ markets, architectural work, and display or storage coolers and freezers, as well as the costs associated with installation. Other projects may also be considered.

Grocery stores and small food retailers like corner stores, mobile markets and farmers markets, may apply. Multi-site proposals are encouraged. Grant awards may range from $2,500 to $50,000, and up to 50% of the award may be requested in advance. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 13.

For more information, including the online application, visit mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/gfapequipmentgrant or contact Ashley Bress at (651) 201-6648.

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