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YNDC Awarded USDA FINI Grant

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

On Tuesday August 8th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the award of $498,880 to YNDC from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, to encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in Youngstown, Ohio to purchase healthy foods. The grant will fund the Eating for Health in the Mahoning Valley project, which will increase food access by helping SNAP customers purchase fresh produce at 6 farmers markets and local food outlets in Youngstown and Warren, and will also expand the Mercy Health Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, which provides vouchers to Mercy Health patients to purchase fruits and vegetables in order to increase healthy eating.