World Central Kitchen (WCK) announced the new entrants for its sixth round of grants in Puerto Rico, through the Food Producers Network, formerly known as Plow to Plate.
The food security and resilience program of the non-profit organization offers direct financial support to small farmers, fishermen, agribusinesses and associations to regenerate their capacity for production, distribution and sale of food locally with the aim of reducing the high rate of importation of food into Puerto Rico.
The AGG Corporation projects in Lares are integrated into this Network of Producers; Agro Research and Oro Verde, both in Aguada, Al Sol de Hoy in Barranquitas, Emilio Hernández in Aguada, Finca Aquaverde in Rincón, Finca Curbelo in Jayuya.
In addition, the Finca Guatibiri, Leonardo Estrada and Pio Pio Farms projects located in San Germán, the Tanamá Farm in Arecibo, Kelly Ann Farm in Coamo, the Katahdor and Richport projects, both in Hatillo; Rabitos Conejera in Maunabo, Sandías SOR in Cabo Rojo and Pescados to Go in Vega Baja, as well as the fisherman Alexander Maldonado from Arecibo. The Injertia Manases and La Microfinca projects also receive a second round of financial support.
Grants are used to fund one-time capital investments such as tractors, ice machines, freezers, rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems, fishing boat motors, and nurseries.
Founded in 2010 by chef José Andrés, the World Central Kitchen organization uses the power of food to heal and strengthen communities in times of crisis and beyond.
WCK also provides access to training in technical areas to improve participants’ production and business skills to increase sales and access to various markets.
In addition, it offers the volunteer program where both locals and visitors can contribute hours of community service to participating projects.
“It fills us with pride to see how this Network has supported hundreds of projects over three years and we are excited to continue with the effort for the benefit of small food producers because they are the ones who encourage us through their determination and perseverance. ”Said Mikol Hoffman, director of the WCK Food Producers Network.
Hoffman stated that “our goal is to help them revitalize their operations in a resilient way and in this way improve Puerto Ricans’ access to local products.”
The Food Producers Network was established in 2018 in response to the 2017 hurricanes and has since awarded more than $ 2.8 million in grants to food producers affected by natural disasters in the Caribbean and Central America.
In 2020, the program expanded to the US Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, and Guatemala in its efforts to support food security throughout the region.
World Central Kitchen opens a new call to apply to the program every six months, and the next round of applications will be in March 2021.
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