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More funding freed up for organizations working on food security

Last Updated Jun 9, 2020 at 1:20 pm EDT

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau rises during Question Period Tuesday May 26, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government is freeing up more funds to help food banks and other community organizations working to increase food security. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA — The federal government is spending more money to help food banks and other community organizations working to increase food security.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced today a second round of applications are now being accepted for the government’s local food infrastructure fund.

Bibeau says $43.4 million is available and applications for grants up to $250,000 will be accepted.

The fund is a five-year program that was launched as part of a broader federal food policy in 2019.

Altogether, $50 million was allocated to reduce food insecurity and the first round of proposals saw 362 projects receive a total of $6.6 million.

The money is on top of extra support the federal government has already rolled out for Canada’s food banks to help with the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2020.

The Canadian Press