Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $250,000 USDA Grant for Asian Services In Action
Akron, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) announced a $250,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant for Asian Services In Action (ASIA) in Akron. The grant will fund “Akron Food Works!” – a partnership between ASIA, The Well Community Development Corporation, and other organizations in the local food system – which will create a local food enterprise center focused on revitalizing Akron, Ohio's economy by training, supporting, incubating, and connecting small food-based businesses, from farmers to canners to caterers. The grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is aimed at fostering self-sustaining solutions that help make healthy foods available to families living in low-income neighborhoods.
“Access to healthy food is not only critical to the physical health of a community’s residents, but also its economy. Asian Services in Action’s commitment to supporting food-based businesses and immigrant communities will strengthen our local food system, bring healthier food to everyone’s tables, and boost our local economy,” said Congressman Ryan. “Congress must continue to support public and private partnerships like these so that no child or family goes hungry. I congratulate ASIA and its CEO Michael Byun for receiving this grant.”
"Food security and the economic well-being of our community are two key issues for us in Summit County and the City of Akron. We are extremely proud of this opportunity - a partnership of the Well Community Development Corporation, Asian Services In Action's HAPI Fresh farmers' market program, and other stakeholders in the local food system - to find a solution that is community-specific and community-responsive. The ultimate goal is to empower our small-businesses, the engine of our local economy, and to accelerate the economic revitalization that is already well underway here," said Michael Byun, Chief Executive Officer of Asian Services In Action.
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