NDA seeking additional food security projects

$9 million will be awarded to improve food access in Nevada


Ciara Ressel
Public Information Officer
Sparks, NEV. - July 05, 2022

In a continuation of food security efforts to ensure food is available to those who need it, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) is seeking to fund projects to improve food access, distribution and infrastructure in Nevada. A total of $9 million is available using American Rescue Plan Act funds through two grants in which community organizations, food banks, and public and Tribal entities engaged in food assistance activities are encouraged to submit projects for funding. 

The NDA awarded $500,000 to six partners working towards the goal of increasing food access in underserved communities through the Nevada Community Food Access grant in response to food access challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding has been expanded to offer an additional $6 million to organizations working to improve food distribution and food storage infrastructure. 

Additionally, $3 million has been allocated rural communities facing food access barriers due to their distance from urban centers through the Food Rural Hub grant. The NDA is looking to partner with one community organization or public entity engaged in food assistance activities to establish a food storage and distribution center located in rural Nevada to better serve our rural neighbors, reduce transportation costs and expand holding capacity for fresh fruits and vegetables. The goal is to ensure that the most at-risk rural and Tribal communities have sufficient food storage and distribution resources to fight food insecurity and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Community organizations, food banks, and public and Tribal entities engaged in food assistance activities in underserved communities in Nevada are encouraged to submit an application for either grant opportunity by August 30, 2022. More information on requirements, timelines and the full Requests for Applications for both grant opportunities can be found at agri.nv.gov/Administration/Grant_Opportunities.

About the Nevada Department of Agriculture

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) mission is to preserve, protect and promote Nevada’s agriculture. The department has 225 dedicated employees providing services in its five divisions, Administrative Services, Animal Industry, Measurement Standards, Food and Nutrition, and Plant Health and Compliance. The department’s $288 million budget facilitates regulatory and administrative work in agriculture and food manufacturing industries, protecting public and environmental health and worker safety, and providing food distribution and oversight for the United States Department of Agriculture’s school and community nutrition programs.