Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) has launched Fresh and Healthy Food for All, a five-year, $750,000 initiative to increase access to healthy food among low-income families and the elderly in Columbia County, New York. KK&P crafted the initial proposal which identified area opportunities for collaboration.
It was developed after careful consultation with over 80 local community members involved in food-related industries across Columbia County – including farms, food pantries, distributors, food retailers, restauranteurs, community-based organizations, schools and county agencies.
After commissioning a countywide scan of healthy food access through KK&P, BTCF engaged community members in a planning and assessment process to identify opportunities to meet immediate needs and develop a grants program to fund collaborative pilot projects.
Funding for the first year of projects totals $150,000, with renewal funding available to successful grantees in the second year and additional funding available in year two for new projects.
The following projects were awarded first-year funding:
An additional $25,000 will be made available for capacity-building support at food pantries and food banks serving the county’s rural communities to help promote their engagement in the initiative.