GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR GLEANING ORGANIZATIONS

August 20, 2015

(TRENTON, NJ) ― New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced today that the Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Gleaning Support Program Grant. A total of $100,000, subject to availability of funds, is anticipated to be accessible to eligible non-profit organizations.

Eligibility requirements include being a non-profit entity operating in New Jersey with evidence of a gleaning program for a minimum of 2 years within the past three calendar years.

Gleaning Support Program funds should be used to support “gleaning activities.” This means gleaning the local New Jersey farm fields, collecting such gleaned locally grown products and distributing such gleaned locally grown products to New Jersey organizations to help feed our state’s hungry.

The Public Notice, Eligibility Requirements and Application are posted here www.nj.gov/agriculture/grants/gleaninggrants.html.

The funding for the grants comes from the State Food Purchase Program, for which Governor Christie and the Legislature allocated $6.8 million dollar this year to be distributed quarterly to the state’s six food banks to purchase healthy food, with a high priority on buying locally grown produce from New Jersey farmers.

For questions, call the Division of Food and Nutrition at 609-292-0337.

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