USDA Funded Program —
Local Food Promotion Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) of the Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. For more information, visit

“A Tale of Two Cities: Promoting Increased Access to Health Foods”

AWARD # 14-LFPPX-NC-0112

The Land Loss Prevention Project, (LLPP) initiated the “A Tale of Two Cities: Promoting Increased Access to Health Foods” Project in September of 2014 with LFPP funding This project proposed to encourage the use of food hubs by providing assistance with combined assessments of food access and legal risk assessment to strengthen the ability of farmers to market locally and provide access to healthy food choices to vulnerable populations. Project locations were selected due to the high rates of poverty, negative health indicators, relative low rates of access to fresh foods, and the presence of strong partners with a history of successful community development work in those communities. LLPP proposed to utilize its area of expertise as a law firm to partner with these organizations in creating new food hubs that would be beneficial to the community at large – low income consumers as well as local farmers.

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