York – July 15, 2010 – Local agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs will soon have access to a shared kitchen incubator in downtown York. Many food producers don’t have the resources to build and equip their own certified facility, preventing them from entering the market. The Shared Kitchen Incubator of York (YorKitchen), funded through a grant from USDA Rural Development, will help solve this problem. Tom Williams, Pennsylvania State Director for Rural Development presented a ceremonial check to NutriCore NorthEast, Inc. of York County today, representing a $99,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to help develop the kitchen incubator project.
The presentation today is one of many events throughout the country this week focusing on local and regional food systems. “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a USDA initiative that promotes collaboration, coordination and innovation among existing USDA programs through a Department-wide Task Force. The grant provided to NutriCore NorthEast, Inc. today is a perfect example of our commitment to keeping wealth in rural communities,” said Tom Williams.
YorKitchen will be a unique service to residents of the City of York and the surrounding Central Pennsylvania area. The modern commercial kitchen will be available for rent to food producers and for nutrition educational training. YorKitchen will not only stimulate small business growth in the city, county and surrounding area, but nurture it as well with entrepreneurial incubator services provided by the Entrepreneurial Support Alliance. “YorKitchen will benefit food entrepreneurs and York County’s agricultural community by providing affordable access to a fully licensed commercial kitchen. NutriCore NorthEast appreciates USDA Rural Development’s support of this exciting economic development initiative in York County.” Kenetha Hansen, Vice Chair and Secretary, NutriCore NorthEast, Inc.
The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities. Rural public entities (towns, communities, State agencies, and authorities), Indian tribes and rural private non-profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding.
USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses and communities. USDA Rural Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa. For more information on YorKitchen, please visit www.nutricorenortheast.org.
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Thu, July 15, 2010
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