(SPARKS, Nev.) – The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) seeks partners to address food insecurity and food distribution needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nevada community organizations and public entities are encouraged to submit project applications that use innovative distribution models, complement existing food assistance resources, promote safe food assistance during the pandemic, provide food to underserved and/or vulnerable populations, and develop lasting partnerships
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funding to states to address the various impacts of the pandemic. There is $2.88 million set aside specifically to support community food response projects that address food insecurity throughout Nevada.
“We are committed to addressing food insecurity in Nevada and encourage any nonprofit community organization or public entity that addresses hunger to submit a project proposal and start increasing service to underserved Nevadans as early as July 1,” NDA Director Jennifer Ott said. “This grant does not include a funding match requirement, so nonprofit organizations of all sizes are eligible to apply.”
Applicants may partner with for-profit businesses to support and submit project proposals, but funds will only be awarded to nonprofit community organizations and public entities.
Applications must be submitted to the NDA via email by 5 p.m. on June 17, 2020, and the anticipated award start date is July 1, 2020. Full application requirements, including a scoring rubric and federal Coronavirus Relief Fund guidance, can be found online.
About the Nevada Department of Agriculture
The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) mission is to preserve, protect and promote Nevada’s agriculture. The department has 150 dedicated employees providing services in its five divisions, Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition, and Plant Industry. The department’s $232 million budget facilitates regulatory and administrative work in agriculture and food manufacturing industries, protecting public and environmental health and worker safety, and providing food distribution and oversight for the United States Department of Agriculture’s school and community nutrition programs.