Community and Economic Development Division
In 2015, Alabama legislature passed a law to establish a statewide program to provide financing to increase the availability of fresh and nutritious food in underserved communities. The legislature has provided $300,000 to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to distribute to projects which meet these requirements through a one-time statewide competition. This Memorandum serves to inform the interested parties to apply, or assist potential or eligible vendors to apply to ADECA by the application deadline of December 20, 2017. The attached Policies and procedures explains the specific qualifying requirements and an application form to be completed along with a list of attachments to be submitted with the application.
For elected officials, nonprofits, and other interested parties familiar with the existence of food deserts in their communities, this program offers an excellent opportunity to address those needs. Potential projects may comprise of grocery stores, expansion or renovation of grocery stores, installation of cold/freezer equipment in existing stores, mobile grocery vans and delivery, food banks, farmers markets, and other venues that will help to bring healthy foods to families in food desert areas. The financial feasibility and long-term sustainability of the project will drive the funding decision.
If there are any questions about this program, please contact Elaine Patterson at (334) 353-5360 or Shabbir Olia, (334} 242-5468.
Healthy Food Financing Program - Business Loan/Grant Application - deadline: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 5 p.m. CST
Healthy Food Financing Program - Policies and Procedures