City Enters Healthiest Cities & Counties Grant Challenge

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News Date: 
March 12, 2020
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In focusing on project implementation for the Alisal and Chinatown plans, the PPI division has begun seeking funding to address priorities identified by the community. Across plans, community health and safety were consistently listed as a top priority. In early March, the City submitted an application, in partnership with the Monterey County Health Department and the Food Bank for Monterey County, to participate in the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge. This opportunity would provide funding for increasing access to foods that support healthy eating patterns.  The proposed project would pilot a series of pop-up free produce markets at several schools and libraries throughout Salinas with the goal of providing fresh food and nutrition education to food insecure students and families. Throughout this project, the City plans to continue to engaging residents and collaborating across sectors to best meet the unique wants and needs of each community. If selected to participate, funding and implementation could start as soon as May 2020.