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Finance Fund Presents The Food Trust with "Visionary Partner" Award

The Food Trust Named Finance Fund Visionary Partner
 
COLUMBUS, OH –Finance Fund named national food access advocate The Food Trust as its Visionary Partner Award winner for its work to increase access to healthy, affordable food in Ohio’s disadvantaged rural and urban communities.
 
The Award recognizes extraordinary service to underserved low-income populations in Ohio through innovation and initiative, as well as commitment and perseverance.
 
“Our ultimate goal is to provide access to healthy, affordable food in underserved areas – many currently do not have access to a grocery store, farm market or other distribution,” said Finance Fund CEO James R. Klein. “We are grateful to The Food Trust for their work to identify the areas of greatest need throughout the state of Ohio and partnering with Finance Fund to increase awareness around the importance of the healthy food access issue.”
 
Food Trust Associate Director Caroline Harries accepted the award at Finance Fund’s annual Gala in Columbus before an audience of elected leaders, development and funding partners and clients.
 
Since 1987, Finance Fund and its affiliates have invested more than $306.9 million in housing, economic development, and community facility projects leveraging over $1.4 billion. This investment was accomplished through 3,023 awards to community-based organizations throughout the state. Finance Fund provides debt and equity to clients through the management of 28 entities totaling $250 million. Partnerships have enabled low-income people access to 15,894 units of affordable housing, 23,855 direct jobs, and 3,036 early care and education spaces (classrooms) for 71,397 children.

Michelle Obama describes the work of The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund & GPUAC as "groundbreaking"

First Lady Michelle Obama traveled to Philadelphia to discuss federal funding for a Healthy Food Financing Initiative which will increase the availability of affordable, healthy foods in underserved urban and rural communities, particularly through the development of grocery stores and other healthy food retailers.

"...And I have to finally thank a few others:  the Food Trust.  (Applause.)  The Reinvestment Fund.  (Applause.)  And the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.  (Applause.)  You all have done extraordinary and some could say revolutionary work here in this city.  And as you all have said consistently, you couldn't do it without each other.  That has been the resonating message.  So you all should be very proud to be highlighted here today for the work that you've done.  It's really groundbreaking, and hopefully will set the tone for what we can do throughout the country."

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Circle Food Store in New Orleans opens after eight-year struggle to rebuild

From the Times-Picayune:

Over the past eight years, one question repeated all over town kept Circle Food Store owner Dwayne Boudreaux going in his fight to reopen the landmark 7th Ward grocery.

"They'd always ask me, 'When? When? When will Circle Foods open?" Boudreaux told a crowd gathered outside the store Friday.

"We weren't going to let anything get us down," he said.

[With help from the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, a partnership of the City of New Orleans, HOPE Enterprises and The Food Trust], Boudreaux officially opened the doors of the store, surrounded by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, other city leaders, and bankers and developers who helped finance the $8 million renovation. A waiting line of customers, grocery carts in hand, snaked around the circular building.

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