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USDA Awards $561,240 Grant to YNDC

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) has been awarded a $561,240 grant from the USDA’s Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program COVID Relief and Response program to offer fresh locally-grown produce, in order to provide relief from the Covid-19 pandemic, enhance the resilience of food and healthcare systems enduring the pandemic, and respond to community needs in an impactful, timely and authentic way.
This project builds on YNDC’s 2017 USDA Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program award goals of increasing the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers, institutionalizing nutrition education into our regional healthcare system to improve health outcomes, and increasing the viability of the local food system.  
The project will enroll eligible participants at the Glenwood Fresh Market that will be open year-round with extended hours to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables, specifically for low-income individuals.  Nutrition education, health screenings, and project evaluation will be conducted at the new facility. The project will primarily focus on fresh, locally-grown produce in order to enhance the viability and resilience of our local farmers and agricultural systems.