April 20, 2009 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: Shipping Notification for Missouri WIC Income Guidelines
SUBJECT 2: Invitation Issued for Community Food Projects Funding

  1. Shipping Notification for Missouri WIC Income Guidelines April 1, 2009-March 31, 2010:  The State office shipped the Missouri Income Guidelines for April 1, 2009 - March 31, 2010 to all local WIC providers on Friday, April 17, 2009.  All local WIC providers should receive a packet during the week of April 20, 2009.  If you do not receive a packet during that week, please contact Sheila Dessieux at Sheila.Dessieux@health.mo.gov.

  2. Invitation Issued for Community Food Projects Funding:  On April 7, 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a request for applications (RFA) for approximately $5 million in grants under the Community Food Projects (CFP) program.  CFP projects are designed to help meet the food needs of low-income individuals and communities through planning, infrastructure development, marketing, and comprehensive approaches to food, farm, and nutrition issues.

    Non-profit organizations are eligible to request up to $300,000 in funding for projects that can be up to three years’ duration.  Federal funds received must be matched one-for-one with non-federal resources.  Applications are due by May 13, 2009.  For additional requirements, review the RFA at: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/09_community_food.pdf.

    The Community Food Security Coalition will continue to provide free written guidance and one-on-one technical assistance to Community Food Projects (CFP) applicants this year.  More information about CFP grants and assistance available can be found at http://www.foodsecurity.org/funding.html.