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Simon promoting grants to expand choices in 'food deserts' 


Associated Press
June 17, 2011

CARBONDALE - Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is urging food producers in the state to apply for federal grants that promote farmers markets.

Some $10 million in grants are being made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The deadline for applying is July 1.

Agricultural cooperatives, local governments and nonprofit corporations are eligible to apply.

The money aims to fund projects that help improve and expand farmers markets, roadside stands and community-supported agriculture programs.

Projects that expand healthy food choices in food deserts will be a priority.

Simon says food producers can use the money to expand access to local foods and promote healthy eating. And she says that in turn boosts the economy.