Long Island Cares wil be able to bring more farm fresh vegetables to those residents its serves, more than $10,000 worth.
Long Island Business News reports that is one of four Long Island-based nonprofit organizations to receive $10,000 grant from the state to increase access to farm fresh foods to low-income and poverty-stricken residents.
The grant comes from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's FreshConnect program, a program created last year to create new farmers’ markets and support existing markets that provided fresh produce to high-need areas.In this round of funding, FreshConnect handed out 34 similar grants state wide.
Cuomo's office estimates 1.5 million New Yorks live in areas with limited access to supermarkets. Expanding access to fresh food in underserved communities has been shown to both improve nutrition and lower costs related to obesity and diet-related disease, while also fostering community and economic development, according to New York state.