U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards Grant to Address Food Security

USDA

The Georgia Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center and the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) have received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to train food industry entrepreneurs in Georgia and the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico in food security practices and regulations. This is the largest sponsored grant the Enterprise Innovation Institute has received from USDA, spanning three years and totaling $550,000, marking the importance of the food sector in Georgia. The training will be focused on entrepreneurs in underserved communities in metro Atlanta, Middle and South Georgia, and Puerto Rico, all areas that have experienced a lot of growth in the food sector.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) strives to improve food security issues throughout the United States

GaMEP, housed in the Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Tech’s economic development arm, will train food industry entrepreneurs in Georgia and the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico in food safety practices and regulations. The grant funding will also be used to train the trainers, which will help rebuild those critical networks. This is the largest sponsored grant the Enterprise Innovation Institute has received from USDA, marking the importance of the food sector in Georgia.

Check out GaMEP’s commitment to food manufacturing companies in minority communities and past success stories here.

For further inquiries, please contact brandy.nagel@innovate.gatech.edu

Read more about the grant and ways to get involved here.