USDA invests over $59M to improve dietary health and nutrition security

Washington, November 22, 2022 The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $59.4 million investment to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription and Nutrition Incentive Program. Vegetables. This investment complements the commitment to improve access to healthy and affordable food made in the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, USDA Chief Scientist and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, visited the Takoma Park Silver Spring (TPSS) Co-op in Takoma Park. Maryland, Crossroads Community Food Network in partnership with TPSS is receiving funding under this program to launch “Year-round Fresh Check” to expand access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables in the Tacoma/Langley Crossroads community, primarily Originally an immigrant neighborhood outside Washington, DC. Over the course of the project, it is estimated that 3,000 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users will spend $450,000, which will be matched with $450,000 in incentives ($250,000 from federal funds and $200,000 from state and local matching dollars).

“Partners like Crossroads Community Food Network, Inc. are invaluable to the USDA’s nutrition security efforts,” said Jacobs-Young. “By drawing on the lived experiences of their community, they help USDA programs reach those who need them most.”

GusNIP programs strive to improve dietary health by increasing consumption of fresh produce, improving personal and household food security, and reducing health care access and associated costs. GusNIP nutrition incentive programs provide incentives at the point of purchase among income-eligible consumers participating in USDA’s SNAP and other USDA nutrition assistance programs. Prescription Production takes advantage of medical assistance programs to provide “prescriptions” from a health care provider for fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Since its creation in 2019, GasNIP projects increased access to healthy foods, and this investment serves to ensure that more consumers have access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables for their families. vegetables,” said Dr. Dion Toombs, Acting Director. USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the entity that administers the awards. “In fact, as a result of additional funding provided through the American Rescue Plan Act, NIFA is expanding our reach to many first-time program applicants from underrepresented communities across the country.”

Forty-three awards $20.7 million to the GusNIP program through USDA’s American Rescue Plan funding of the Produce Prescription Program investment. Of the 43 FY22 Produce Prescription Program proposals, 95% are first-time applicants to the GusNIP Produce Prescription Program, and 60% overall are new entries to NIFA. In addition, $38.7 million will support eight GusNIP nutrition promotion projects.

Crossroads Community Food Network, Inc. In addition, examples of projects that have received funding include:

  • Keya Foundation, Inc., in Timber Lake, South DakotaProduce Prescription Program will serve the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. This project will address a pressing need in American Indian communities to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and promote optimal cardio-metabolic health for families with school-age children.
  • Kahuku Medical Center in Kahuku, airyFilling the gap in access and affordability of nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables for individuals with low incomes, or diagnosed with a nutrition-related chronic condition, to improve health outcomes among those at greatest risk using a collaborative approach. , while expanding economic opportunities for local food producers and agricultural infrastructure.
  • Farmers Market Fund in Portland, Oregon, will expand its Double Up Food Bucks program to more outlets, helping SNAP participants increase their purchases of local fruits and vegetables. Participants in 80 farmers markets, 10 farm stands, 45 grocery stores and 40 community-supported agriculture models in 34 of Oregon’s 36 counties will receive dollar-for-dollar incentives at the point of purchase in 2023 and 2024.

By bringing together stakeholders from different parts of the food and health care systems, GasNIP projects help promote understanding, facilitate development in underrepresented communities, and improve the health and nutritional status of participating households. and collect data to identify and improve best practices on one. broad scale.

The Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy provides a roadmap of actions the federal government can take to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases by 2030, while reducing inequalities. The national strategy was released in conjunction with the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health in more than 50 years, hosted by President Biden on September 28, 2022.

The USDA touches the lives of all Americans in many positive ways each day. Under the Biden-Harris administration, the USDA will focus on building new markets and streams for more resilient local and regional food production, better markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, and more. Transforming the food system. Income for farmers and producers by using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean-energy capabilities in rural America, and across the Department by removing systemic barriers and creating a more representative America workforce Commit to equity. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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