Several Area Food Banks Receive State Funds

(Dodge County) Several food banks and non-profits that serve the surrounding area received funds through the COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently announced the 17 grant recipients that will spilt roughly $5-million-dollars. Funding through the Food Security Initiative aims to help organizations adapt to the infrastructure challenges they have faces as a result of the pandemic. Friends of Woman in Recovery, which serves Dodge; Jefferson and Washington Counties; among others, will be receiving $4,000. Community Action Coalition, awarded over $311-thousand-dollars, and Deerfield Community Center, Inc., getting near $45-hundred-dollars, also serve communities in Jefferson County. Additionally, the $10 million provided as part of the COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products grant will be distributed across two of Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organizations: Feeding Wisconsin and Hunger Task Force. The Food Security Initiative is made possible by $15-million-dollars provided by Governor Tony Evers from Wisconsin’s federal CARES Act funding. The initiative was announced in May. It is comprised of two grants: the $5 million COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant, and the $10 million COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant. In addition to submitting a detailed work plan as part of their application, grant recipients are required to provide supporting documentation to DATCP as grant funds are used.