Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the availability of $7.6 million in funding for the New York Food for New York Families (NYFNYF) program’s second round. This initiative, supported by a USDA grant, aims to bolster the state’s agriculture, enhance food security, and increase access to local foods. The first round of the program, launched in November 2023, successfully allocated over $40 million to 102 food service organizations.
The NYFNYF program focuses on strengthening the relationship between local farmers and communities, especially in underserved areas. Eligible organizations, including not-for-profits and public educational institutions, can apply for funding ranging from $250,000 to $2 million. These projects are expected to create new marketing opportunities for local farmers and provide fresh, nutritious food to families in need. An informational webinar is scheduled for January 18, with proposals due by February 15, 2024.
State leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, have praised the program for its dual benefit to local farmers and families in need. The program forms part of Governor Hochul’s broader strategy, outlined in her 2024 State of the State address, to make New York’s agricultural sector more resilient and forward-thinking. The NYFNYF program is part of a larger USDA initiative, with New York receiving a total of $49.6 million to implement local food assistance and support disadvantaged farmers.
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