The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has launched the Healthy Food Financing Program, a statewide revolving loan program aimed to increase access to healthy foods.
Food retailers, such as grocers, farmer's markets and wholesale markets, can apply for funds at www.adeca.alabama.gov by December 20, 2017.
This is great news for You're the Cure advocates! As you may know, we have been working to bring healthy food closer to home for every Alabamian since early 2013. A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular diseases. Yet, more than 1.8 million Alabamians struggle with a healthy diet simply because they live in areas with limited access to grocers and other fresh food retailers.
That's why we joined forces with the Alabama Grocers Association, the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Business Council of Alabama, VOICES for Alabama's Children and other state and national groups. Together, we successfully advocated to pass legislation in 2015 to establish the Healthy Food Financing Program. And earlier this year, the legislature allocated $300,000 to ADECA to distribute through the program.
While all of our voices were instrumental in this milestone, it would not have been possible without Senators Greg Reed and Bobby Singleton who sponsored the 2015 legislation and championed the program every step of the way. Please send a quick thank you email to our legislative champions today!
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