MONTGOMERY— Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to provide primarily low-income persons and senior citizens with improved access to healthy and fresh foods.
Governor Ivey awarded seven grants to help businesses and non-profit organizations establish the means by which neighborhoods and communities with limited access to grocery stores can more easily obtain fresh fruits and vegetables and other grocery items. The governor presented the grants in a ceremony at the State Capitol.
Grant recipients will use the funds for projects that range from reopening a grocery store to building and equipping mobile food trucks, delivery vehicles and produce stands to serve both rural and urban communities.
The grants were made possible by the Alabama Healthy Food Financing Act. Governor Ivey, then serving as lieutenant governor, was a staunch supporter of the bipartisan legislation when it was passed by the Legislature in 2015. The first-time grant program allowed businesses and non-profits to apply for a matching grant. The state made $300,000 available for the program.
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