New Seasons gives $82,000 to local ag groups

New Seasons Market distributes grant money to projects that bolster the Northwest sustainable agriculture industry.

New Seasons Market distributes grant money to projects that bolster the Northwest sustainable agriculture industry.

New Seasons Market announced Monday that it awarded $82,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations focused on healthy food access and sustainable Northwest agriculture.

The New Seasons Market Grant Fund was formed in 2006 and is fed by sales of New Seasons' house brand — called Pacific Village — of milk, eggs, butter, frozen fruit, beef, pork and chicken. The fund was originally called the Pacific Village Grant Fund and has distributed $364,000 to date.

This year grants were made in amounts ranging from $300 to $10,000 which went to 25 neighborhood farmers markets, 15 of which will use grant money to invest in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to encourage low-income families to shop at farmers markets.

In addition to the farmers markets, the fund also made grants to:

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