On May 20, 2020, Governor Tony Evers announced a plan to allocate $65 million to help support Wisconsin's agriculture industry during the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. In addition to $50 million in direct aid payments to farmers through the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, the Governor's commitment also includes a $15 million Food Security Initiative. This initiative was comprised of two grant programs:
COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant: The first round of funding totaled approximately $5 million. These grants went toward helping food banks adapt to the challenges they've faced as a result of COVID-19. Applications for this funding closed at 5:00 PM on July 22, 2020.
COVID-19 Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant: The second round of funding totaled approximately $10 million. These grants helped Wisconsin food banks and other eligible non-profit organizations purchase Wisconsin food products for distribution to people experiencing food insecurity. Applications for this funding closed at 5:00 PM on July 29, 2020.
On December 9, 2021, Governor Tony Evers announced a new yearlong investment of $30 million to ensure food insecure residents in rural communities, urban centers, Tribal Nations, and Wisconsinites in all corners of the state receive much needed hunger relief. Through this program, the two largest hunger relief organizations in Wisconsin will be elgiible for $15 million to purchase food resources and may use up to $5 million to invest in storage, distribution, and transportation costs.
December 9, 2021:Gov. Evers, DATCP Announce $30 Million Investment in Food Pantry Network
November 12, 2020: Gov. Evers, DATCP Announce Additional $10 Million for Food Security Initiative
August 27, 2020: DATCP Announces Recipients of Food Security Initiative Grants
July 15, 2020: Applications Open for DATCP Food Security and Wisconsin Products Grant
July 2, 2020: DATCP Accepting Applications for COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grants
June 24, 2020: DATCP Encourages Potential Applicants for Food Security Grants to Sign Up for Email Updates
May 20, 2020: DATCP Interim Secretary Applauds Gov. Evers' Action to Fund COVID-19 Response
May 20, 2020: Gov. Evers Goes All In for Agriculture with $50 Million in Relief for Wisconsin Farmers, $15 Million Food Security Initiative
For more information about the Food Security Initiative, please email DATCPFoodSecurityInitiative@wisconsin.gov.