Newark, NJ-February 23, 2022— Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today the availability of funding for the Nourishing Newark Community Grants Program. The City of Newark will invest $2 million to support community-based organizations to combat hunger and food insecurity resulting from, and exacerbated by the adverse economic impacts related to COVID-19. With the great disruptions to the global economy, many low-income Newark families are experiencing a greater degree of food insecurity than ever before. The Nourishing Newark Community Grants Program seeks to spur the creation and expansion of sustainable urban food cooperatives, and other community-based healthy food distribution channels.
This program aligns with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Food Desert Relief Program designed around the central purpose of eradicating food deserts. A “food desert” is a geographical area in which it is difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. In developing their programmatic focus, the NJEDA has determined that a large portion of the City of Newark is considered a “Food Desert.” To review map of approved food deserts in Newark, and throughout New Jersey, please click here.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the City of Newark has distributed more than eight million meals to residents in need with the help of Hello Fresh, Newark Working Kitchens, and Newark Public Schools,” Mayor Baraka said. “We understand the challenge many families face when it comes to putting fresh, healthy food on the table, and through the Nourishing Newark Community Grants Program we are inviting non-profit organizations, for-profit entities, schools, urban farmers, community gardeners and others to work with us in meeting this ongoing community need.”
The American Rescue Plan is the source of funds for this initial round of community grant funds. Awards under this round will be for up to $350,000 to Newark organizations and coalitions.
Applications for the program are available here and will close Thursday, March 17, at 5 p.m.
The program is administered by the City’s Office of Sustainability. To be eligible for the grant, entities must have:
Eligible project categories include:
The City will hold an Informational Meeting about this program on Wednesday, March 2, at 1 p.m. Please register at: https://bit.ly/nourishnwk. The webinar will also be livestreamed via Facebook Live on Facebook.com/cityofnewark
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