The Mississippi Healthy Food and Families Program is accepting grant proposals from qualified non-profits through the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC), which was announced by Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson today.
This program, established by the Mississippi legislature, aims to provide residents with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables and support local farmers by offering matching dollar incentives for SNAP benefits used at farmers’ markets and retailers.
Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson said that the Mississippi Healthy Food and Families Program is beneficial for both consumers and farmers as it increases access to fresh produce for those in need and expands marketing opportunities for local farmers, as stated in an article published by WJTV on January 4, 2023.
Nonprofits in Mississippi can apply for a grant from the MDAC to encourage Mississippi residents who receive SNAP benefits to double their purchases of fruits and vegetables at participating markets and retailers.
The funding available for this cycle is $360,000, and applications must be submitted by January 31, 2023. Additional details about the program and how to apply can be found on the MDAC website.