TRACTOR Awarded $10,000
TRACTOR Food and Farms received $10,000 to supply produce to people in need in Yancey County. According to recent statistics from the WNC Health Network’s Healthy Impact DataWorkbook, 21.5% of Yancey County residents are considered food insecure with approximately 4,472 residents reporting difficulty accessing affordable fresh produce. Reconciliation House is working to meet this need and receives produce donations from MANNA FoodBank once every other week, often from grocery stores and reaching the end of its shelf life. By the time that the produce reaches Manna and then Reconciliation House, it will not last on the shelf or in people's homes. The goal of this project is to increase the volume, availability and quality of produce going to those with food insecurity by compensating farmers for their Number 2 produce, fresh and nutritious products that don't meet strict size or appearance requirements. This project increases access to fresh, high-quality produce for the food insecure, while also increasing the farm income for Yancey County farmers.
Spring 2020 - Grants totaling $99,840
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center - $9,140 for a children’s literacy enrichment program.
Blue Ridge Partnership for Children - $6,450 to support a collaboration of early childhood and public school professionals ensuring young children have the skills and disposition to succeed in kindergarten.
Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development - $1,300 to provide water conservation educational programs and field trips to streams and rivers to 8th-grade students.
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival - $5,000 to support authors participating in the annual fall literacy festival.
Feed-A-Child WNC - $10,000 to construct a permanent facility to stock, bag and distribute healthy snacks on a weekly basis to food-insecure children.
Mountain Heritage High School - $10,000 for an Innovation Lab with a makerspace offering materials for creative design projects, up-to-date lab equipment and tools for students to learn coding, robotics and electronics.
NC MedAssist - $3,000 for free pharmacy services for low-income, uninsured individuals.
Pisgah Legal Services - $9,950 to provide free civil legal assistance and advocacy to low-income residents.
Southern Reconciliation Ministries - $10,000 to purchase food for its pantry.
Toe River Aggregation Center Training Organization Regional (TRACTOR) - $10,000 to help low-income people access fresh fruit and vegetables.
WAMY Community Action - $5,000 for home repair for low-income households.
Yancey County/Economic Development Commission - $10,000 to help plan, design and construct a permanent farmer’s market facility.
Yancey County Schools - $10,000 for the start-up phase of a strategic planning process to include community outreach through a communications and marketing initiative addressing food insecurity.
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