Grants can be used to finance extraordinary capital investments such as tractors, nurseries, freezers, irrigation systems and rainwater harvesting, industrial equipment for food processing, conservation, storage, packaging or distribution, among others. (Supplied)
In its efforts to encourage an increase in food production by small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, the non-profit organization World Central Kitchen (WCK) announced a new opportunity to apply to the Plow to Plate program in Puerto Rico, which offers a grant of up to $ 20,000 to help them grow their businesses.
WCK also seeks that they maximize their opportunities through the organization's networks, and through economic subsidies they seek that they enhance their role as sustainable contributors to the food resilience of the community.
In a press release, it was reported that applicants can obtain business and technical training, exposure to WCK's network of restaurants, hotels, suppliers and distributors, and access to human capital through volunteer work brigades for their projects . Eligible businesses include agroecological, hydroponic farmers, beekeepers, aquaponics, ranchers and animal breeders; also fishermen, fishmongers and fishing villages; local food producers, distributors, processors that have an active business and community projects related to food production and / or distribution.
World Central Kitchen aims to support the resilience of the food system and decrease dependence on imports from the Caribbean region. Grants can be used to fund extraordinary capital investments such as tractors, nurseries, freezers, rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems, industrial equipment for food processing, preservation, storage, packaging or distribution, ice machines, motors, navigation instruments and other equipment for fishing.
To date, the program has supported more than 120 projects in the food ecosystem with more than $ 1.9 million in grant funds, in addition to adding thousands of hours of training and the participation of over 800 volunteers who have worked on participating projects. . “World Central Kitchen supports and strengthens food production projects that would not otherwise have access to capital to complete some phases of their businesses. Beyond that, it is showing us Puerto Ricans that we must produce our own food in case of emergencies and depend less and less on imported products, ”said María Teresa Juan, owner of Queso Lucía and participant in the program.
For more information on the program, you can access the World Central Kitchen Plow to Plate page on Facebook or write to [email protected]. The call to apply for this grant begins today, and will be open until Thursday, October 15, 2020. Those interested can access the application here.