WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 14, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced today that theU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $400 thousand to the Pacific Youth and Community Development program; as part of the Community Food Projects (CFP) program to support the development of solutions to food insecurity and access to local and independent food systems for low-income communities.
“I am pleased that the USDA has seen fit to award these funds to American Samoa,” said Amata. “The programs that this grant will fund are essential to getting our young people involved in local agriculture and other food development initiatives,” continued Amata.
The primary goals of the CFP program are to (1) meet food needs of low-income individuals; (2) increase food self-reliance of low-income communities; (3) promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues; and (4) meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs, including needs related to infrastructure improvement and development, planning for long-term solutions, and creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.
“I want to thank the USDA for granting these funds that are so important to the island; as well as those individuals here in American Samoa who worked so hard to secure these funds,” concluded Amata.