From Chester Matters Blog:
The Chester Housing Authority’s (CHA) Ruth L. Bennett Community Farm has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the USDA to support its initiatives to offer opportunities to underserved communities in Chester. CHA and its community farm will use the grant to advance ongoing commitment to food equity by collaborating with community partners, providing hands-on training through individual technical assistance and agricultural workshops, and implementing other initiatives.
“An offshoot of our housing mission at CHA is to help residents – and the community-at-large – have access to healthy and affordable produce and the tools to make a healthy lifestyle attainable. The Bennett Farm is one of our best examples of that,” said CHA executive director Steven A. Fischer. “We are grateful to receive this significant investment from the USDA as we continue to empower Chester residents through our community farm.”
The grant is part of the USDA’s 2501 Program, also known as the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, which partners with nonprofit and community-based organizations to provide technical assistance and training to underserved communities. The Bennett Community Farm is one of 52 organizations across the country and one of only three in Pennsylvania to be included in this $36.1 million round of funding.
Read Chester Matters Blog's article "Ruth L. Bennett Community Farm Receives $750,000 Grant from the USDA," featuring the Chester Housing Authority.