$1B Fresh Food Program Proposed

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Nydia Velázquez, both Democrats from New York, are introducing bills that would help build as many as 2,100 supermarkets in high-need areas across the country through $1 billion in loans and grants.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Nydia Velázquez, both Democrats from New York, are introducing bills that would help build as many as 2,100 supermarkets in high-need areas across the country through $1 billion in loans and grants.

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative would create around 200,000 new jobs annually, Gillibrand said in a statement, noting that President Obama has already dedicated $345 million in his fiscal 2011 budget for a similar proposal.

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