USDA, RI enter partnership to aid local farmers, improve supply chain resiliency

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The United States Department of Agriculture and the Rhode Island DEM announced a partnership Friday to increase food production and distribution in the state.

The partnership will see more than $700,000 over the next two years be use to purchase food from local farmers to be delivered to underserved communities in Rhode Island.

“USDA is excited to partner with Rhode Island to promote economic opportunities for farmers and producers and to increase access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy, and nutritious food in underserved communities,” said USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt.

DEM will partner with Fresh Farm RI to implement the program and it is expected 90 local growers will be used to service for more than 60 community based-organizations.

“We are grateful for our farmers in Rhode Island and will continue to facilitate new ways of creating sustainable, viable and local agriculture that supports our food security,” said Gov. Dan McKee

The program is authorized by the American Rescue Plan and is there to improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency.

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