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 will be comprised of two grant programs:
COVID-19 Food Security Network Support Grant: The first round of funding will total approximately $5 million. These grants will go 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 will total approximately $10 million. These grants will help 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.
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.