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DATCP announces recipients of Food Security Initiative Grants

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced the recipients of funding through the Food Security Initiative on August 27. A total of 17 food banks and other non-profit organizations that serve people and Tribal Nations across Wisconsin will receive a total of approximately $5 million through the COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant. This funding aims to help them adapt to the infrastructure challenges they’ve faced as a result of COVID-19. Among the recipients and grant amounts, and counties served are:

• Caldwell United Methodist Church: $1,623.33; Racine

• Caritas, Inc.: $5,000.00; Rock

• City of Stoughton Food Pantry: $1,839.04; Dane

• Community Action Coalition: $311,319.50; Dane, Jefferson, Waukesha

• Deerfield Community Center, Inc.: $4,457.57; Dane, Jefferson, Rock

• Extended Hands Pantry: $20,000.00; Dane

• Feeding Wisconsin, Inc.: $2,200,000.00; Statewide

• FINAO, Inc.: $146,361.20; Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine

• First Presbyterian Church: $8,220.00; Racine

• Friends of Women in Recovery (Beacon House): $4,000.00; Bayfield, Dodge, Jefferson, Manitowoc, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Winnebago

• Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County: $20,000.00; Pierce, St. Croix

• Hunger Task Force, Inc.: $2,200,000.00; Statewide

• South Milwaukee Human Concerns, Inc.: $10,000.00; Milwaukee

• Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program, Inc.: $12,650.00; Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Richland

• Transformation House: $13,800.00; Brown

• United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS), Inc.: $5,200.00; Milwaukee

• United Way St. Croix Valley: $34,920.00; Burnett, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix

Additionally, the $10 million provided as part of the COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products grant will be distributed across two of Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organizations. As part of the application for this funding, recipients needed to demonstrate an ability to successfully network with producers, processors, Tribal Nations, and food banks from across the state. The COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant Recipients are:

• Feeding Wisconsin, Inc.: $5,000,304.00; Statewide

• Hunger Task Force, Inc.: $5,000,304.00; Statewide

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for people across Wisconsin, but people experiencing food insecurity have been hit especially hard,” said DATCP Secretary-designee Randy Romanski. “We appreciate Governor Evers’ leadership in supporting the farmers who produce our food every day, as well as these organizations that never stop working to get that food to the people who need it most.”

About the Food Security Initiative

The Food Security Initiative is made possible by $15 million provided by Governor Tony Evers from Wisconsin’s federal CARES Act funding. The initiative was announced in May 2020. It is comprised of two grants: the $5 million COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant, and the $10 million COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant. In addition to submitting a detailed work plan as part of their application, grant recipients are required to provide supporting documentation to DATCP as grant funds are used. More information is available at https://FoodSecurity.wi.gov.

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