OTTAWA, ON, July 9, 2021 / CNW / – Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced a supplement to $ 10 million for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, which will be reopened for applications in Monday, July 12th. With this additional funding to address food security pressures related to the pandemic, the Fund is supporting $ 23 million in projects in 2021-22.

Receiving new applications will provide grants with quick response evaluated between $ 15,000 AND $ 100,000 to help prevent hunger through investment in infrastructure needs. The impacts of the project should be targeted, immediate and directly related to addressing food insecurity and increasing the possibility of healthy, nutritious and local ideal food within the community.

The fund supports community-led projects that strengthen food systems and help facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for Canadians at risk. Since it first launched in August 2019, The fund is already committed $ 27 million to support over 625 vital food safety projects throughout Canada, such as: community gardens and kitchens; refrigerated trucks and storage units for donated food; greenhouses in remote and northern communities; and more.

Additional add – ons $ 10 million is part of the Government of Of Canada the commitment to provide ongoing support to emergency relief organizations that have faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as higher demands and fewer resources.

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“Because of the pandemic, even with the significant benefits that our Government decided to provide to those who lost revenue, our food aid organizations have seen an increase in demand. $ 200 million “In the emergency aid already allocated to these organizations over the past year, the Local Food Infrastructure Fund is supporting these incredible Canadians by enabling them to receive equipment that is essential to providing food services to those most in need.”
– Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts

  • According to Statistics Canada, one in seven Canadians indicated that they lived in a family with food insecurity for a period of one month during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Applications for the new acquisition will be accepted by July 12, 2021, skin 13 August 2021, depending on the availability of funds. Eligible applicants are not non-profit organizations that have been operating for at least two years, or indigenous groups.

  • Government of Canada is also giving $ 200 million Emergency Food Safety Fund by providing funding to national and regional organizations, which in turn support food banks and local food organizations throughout Canada, to help improve access to food for people experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The 2021 budget described an addition $ 140 million to help starvation emergency organizations prevent hunger, strengthen food security in our communities, and provide nutritious food for more Canadians.

  • Initially a $ 50 million initiative, the Local Food Infrastructure Fund was launched in August 2019 under the Food Policy for Canada, a guide to a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada.

  • Food Policy for Canada will help advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including ending hunger, promoting good health, reducing food waste, and encouraging sustainable transformation of the food system.

Additional links

Local Food Infrastructure Fund
Food policy for Canada
Emergency Food Safety Fund
Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth and Sustainability
“Everyone at the table!” Government of Canada announces the first Food Policy for Canada

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