How vacant NJ lots, buildings in food deserts can get fresh start

That abandoned building you pass daily can turn into a food co-op, or the parking lot covered by weeds down the street can be transformed into a si...

September 29, 2022
5:30 AM

That abandoned building you pass daily can turn into a food co-op, or the parking lot covered by weeds down the street can be transformed into a site for a weekly farmer's market, if folks take advantage of a grant program that has an application period running for the next several weeks.The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Sept. 27 opened the application process for a competitive program that will eventually distribute grants ranging from $75,000 to $125,000.Up to 20 grants will be distributed to county and local governments, or redevelopment agencies, in New Jersey's designated food desert communities, that come up with a way to "leverage distressed assets" in order to improve food access and food security.

Dino Flammia