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Gov. Northam announces grant funding will support 15 food access projects in Virginia

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Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 11:06 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2021 at 1:24 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Governor Northam announced grant funding will support 15 food and agriculture access projects in the commonwealth.

All 15 projects will receive $620,000 from the Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFIAF).

A full map of the food access projects in Virginia.
A full map of the food access projects in Virginia.(NBC12)

In the city of Richmond, a mobile produce pop-up market will be located in Mosby Court as part of a partnership between Richmond Food Justice Alliance and Shalom Farms.

This market will have support from the Virginia Food Access Investment Fund (VFIAF), which launched in December of 2020. The VFIAF provides grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to support businesses such as grocery stores, small food retailers and food retail projects.

The projects will accept SNAP EBT benefits.

“Hunger and food insecurity are a reality for too many Virginia families, and the pandemic has only underscored the urgency of this crisis,” Governor Northam said.

The VFAI invests in innovative and food retail projects to increase food access where it is needed the most.

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