Department of Natural Resources Announces $1.5 Million in Food Security Grants

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PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) — The Department of Natural Resources said more than $1.5 million will be distributed to 441 people through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Security Micro-Grants Program.

In a news release, the department said the Alaska Division of Agriculture is responsible for overseeing the distribution of grants and worked with an independent review panel to select grant recipients.

“Programs like this help Alaskans improve both the quantity and quality of locally grown foods in food-insecure communities,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

The release says more than 7,000 applications have been received for Alaska-based micro-grants and the grants were created out of a 2018 Farm Bill that launched programs for Alaska, Hawaii and the territories. Americans. The statement said that 59 additional applications submitted by organizations are still under review.

“Small-scale agricultural projects are a key part of increasing the state’s food security,” Governor Dunleavy said.

Food security-related projects that impact Alaska’s rural supply chain have received more attention. Supply Chain.

Grants totaling over $570,000 were approved for greenhouse projects, and another round of grants totaling over $358,000 were approved for gardening proposals, leaving $570,000 for livelihood-related proposals and $145,000 for fencing projects.

The department plans to email all grant recipients this week.

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