New York Food for New York Families

Overview

In 2022, the Department was awarded $25.8 million through the USDA’s Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement (LFPA) Program to implement the New York Food for New York Families Program. This program aims to create a more resilient statewide food system that supports local farms and provides high quality, nutritious food to communities facing food insecurity. The main goals of this program are to:

  1. support local and traditionally disadvantaged farmers and producers by building and expanding economic opportunities and creating new marketing channels;
  2. establish and broaden partnerships between New York farmers and producers and the food distribution community and local food networks to ensure fresh, nutritious foods are distributed to rural, remote, or underserved areas; and
  3. improve food access for underserved communities by tailoring distribution to unique local challenges.

Food purchases will support local and traditionally disadvantaged farmers by building and expanding economic opportunities and creating new marketing channels for them within the state while ensuring local food gets to New York families who need it most.

Funding Opportunity

In 2022, the Department announced two grant opportunities available through the program. Learn more about each of them and how to apply below.

Track 1

Track 1 is a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) focused on the purchase and distribution of New York food products. These awards will range from $200,000 to $2 million, and 67 percent of the budget must be spent on New York food products.

Learn more about this opportunity, its eligibility requirements, and how to apply. You will need to establish a free account with Contract Reporter to view this opportunity.

 

Track 2

Track 2 is a non-competitive, first-come, first-serve Request for Applications (RFA) that will be awarded to organizations working within the food system to help producers access new markets, fill gaps in the supply and distribution chain, or increase access of underserved communities to local food. These individual awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Learn more about this opportunity, its eligibility requirements, and how to apply. You will need to establish a free account with Contract Reporter to view this opportunity.

 

How to Apply

To apply to these opportunities, please visit the New York States Grants Gateway and search “New York Food” on the Grant Opportunity Portal. From there, you will be able to choose which track you would like to apply for. The Department will be accepting applications through January 18, 2023.

You must be registered and prequalified on Grants Gateway to apply. Check out some useful tips on how to use Grants Gateway.

 

Webinar

We held an informational webinar about these grant opportunities on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Check out a recording of the webinar. 

Resources for Sourcing New York Food

Organizations on this list are suggested contacts only and do not represent all of the options for purchasing local food in New York. All award recipients will be responsible for verifying with the vendor that the products purchased are sourced from New York.

Food Hubs

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