Senator Turner

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Doris Turner is encouraging eligible farmers and food producers to apply for food systems infrastructure grants to help uplift their business and tackle food insecurity.

“By fortifying the food system, we are supporting our local farmers and mitigating food insecurity,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “Everyone benefits when we empower our local farmers.”

The Resilient Food System Infrastructure program announced $6.4 million in grant funds are available to help strengthen the state’s food supply chain. Funds for this grant come from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and seek to build upon Illinois’ investments in local food and ending food insecurity.

Those interested should apply online at Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program by March 15. Applications from smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, underserved producers, veteran producers, and underserved communities are encouraged.

Grants are divided into two categories: infrastructure, which seeks to expand capacity and infrastructure, and equipment only, which funds the cost of equipment.

“Everyone needs access to whole, nutritious, locally-sourced foods,” said Turner. “This funding will expand access to fresh, local foods, strengthen the local economy and grow the food supply chain.”

For more information, visit the USDA Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure webpage.

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