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April 25, 2019
Gov. Ivey awards funds to provide healthy foods to communities

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey awarded $180,000 in grants to help ensure rural residents, senior citizens and low-income families have access to healthy and fresh foods.

The six grants through Alabama’s Healthy Food Financing program will refurbish several grocery stores, establish a community garden and create a mobile farmer’s market.

The grants are designed to help businesses and non-profit organizations with projects that can supply fresh fruits, vegetables and other grocery items to neighborhoods and communities with limited access to grocery stores.

In 2015 then Lt. Gov. Ivey endorsed the Healthy Food Financing measure before its approval by a bi-partisan vote of the Legislature.  Ivey remains a supporter as the program goes into its second year of funding.

“So many of us take for granted running out to the grocery store for a gallon of milk or a head of lettuce to make a salad, but in many areas of Alabama, even urbanized locations, that is a struggle,” Ivey said. “Making healthy foods available at affordable prices will mean healthier children and adults. I am pleased to award this funding for projects that will help accomplish that goal.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants.

“ADECA is pleased to be a part of a statewide legislative initiative supported by Gov. Ivey to give people access to beneficial foods,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Those awarded grants, grant amounts and a brief description of the projects are:

• Tombigbee Development Group (Livingston) - $40,000 to replace and repair equipment at the Piggly Wiggly in York. The York grocery store opened in October 2018 after the town had gone almost a year without a full-fledged grocery. The company is pledging about $46,378 in additional funds.

• Community Care Development Network (Birmingham) - $40,000 to develop a community garden as part of Phase 1 of the Eastlake Community Revitalization Project. The garden will be located on two lots on Third Avenue South between 78th and 79th streets. An additional $60,000 has been pledged for the project.

• Phenix Food Service Inc. (Phenix City) - $40,000 to upgrade and expand its store in Phenix City and increase its selections of healthy foods. The company is supplying $50,000 in additional funds for the project.

• Oakwood University (Huntsville) - $40,000 to develop a mobile farmer’s market serving low and moderate-income communities in Huntsville. The university plans to invest $53,000 in the project.

• Uniontown Superfoods Inc. (Uniontown)- $10,000 to help renovate and convert a closed store into a grocery store in Uniontown. The owner is supplying a $304,500 for the project.

• Cahaba Medical Care Foundation (Centreville) - $10,000 to help expand the Cahaba Medical Care Community Center’s food pantry in Centreville. The foundation is investing an additional $101,300 for the project.


Contact: Jim Plott, Mike Presley

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/