PUTNAM CO., N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County (CCEPC) announces the receipt of a $35,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program. CCEPC will use the funds to work with local residents and leaders to plan for long term solutions to food insecurity. Current partners include the Putnam County Department of Health, Second Chance Foods, Putnam Community Action Program, and SPACE on Ryder Farm.
As the cost of living increases in Putnam County, wages cannot keep up, and the recent economic downturn has exacerbated the problem. According to the United Way, 28% of households in our county struggle to meet basic daily needs.
“We know the solutions to food insecurity lie within our network of dedicated food system organizations and engaged citizens, but we needed a way to come together to better amplify ideas and resources. We are elated to receive this funding which will support the development of the Putnam County Food System Coalition. The Coalition will seek community input and direction as we conduct a community food assessment to identify opportunities for building a more food secure Putnam,” said Becca Ligrani, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County is a nonprofit that puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability, and social well-being. We are here to bring local experience and research-based solutions together, helping Putnam County thrive in our rapidly changing world.
The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program is administered through the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and funds projects that build local capacity to fight food insecurity.
To read the full executive summary of this new project visit http://putnam.cce.cornell.edu/food-nutrition
For more information about the United Way A.L.I.C.E. report, visit their website: https://www.uwwp.org/alice/
For information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County’s community programs and events go to putnam.cce.cornell.edu/. Stay connected to CCEPC on Facebook at Facebook.com/cceputnam, and Instagram at Instagram.com/cceputnam and Twitter/@CCEPUTNAM
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–Cornell Cooperative Extension Putnam County
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