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USDA Launches Grant Program to Combat Food Loss and Waste

USDA Launches Grant Program to Combat Food Loss and Waste

April 16, 2024

The USDA is intensifying its efforts to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by 2030. In its latest initiative, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is spearheading the Community Foods Project (CFP) Food Loss and Waste (FLW) Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Grants Program. This ambitious project supports initiatives that distribute surplus food to those in need and fosters connections between food producers, providers, and recovery organizations.

A nationwide Call for Proposals has been issued for these grants, aimed at boosting outreach, training, and technical assistance to enhance food loss and waste management capacities. With a submission deadline of June 28, 2024, the program will fund approximately 2 to 4 projects per SARE region, with grants up to $1 million each, contributing to a total of $8 million available nationally.

Eligible applicants include tribal and community organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, and others focused on food recovery and reducing waste, especially those serving rural, tribal, and underserved communities. The grant aims to increase community self-reliance in food provision, improve local food access, and identify sustainable marketing strategies that benefit both agricultural stakeholders and consumers.

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