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USDA and others launch food program to help urban, rural communities

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An effort from the government is trying to expand the access to healthier foods and grocery stores.
An effort from the government is trying to expand the access to healthier foods and grocery stores.

Though it often deals with those who use farm equipment, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also has a hand in trying to get people to eat better.

Recently, the Obama administration announced the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which is a program that is going to get more than $400 million. The goal of the program is to try and get healthier foods and grocery stores into urban and rural areas, which are often underserved.

The program is the result of a partnership between the departments of Agriculture, Treasury and Health and Human Services.

"The Healthy Food Financing Initiative will enhance access to healthy and affordable choices in struggling urban and rural communities, create jobs and economic development, and establish market opportunities for farmers and ranchers," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

This is not the only food program that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will take part in. For example, the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program attempts to connect farmers with the people who live in their communities. It also works to encourage the consumption of locally grown products.
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