National food retail financing program passes

The U.S. House has approved $125 million for a national Healthy Food Financing Initiative modeled after the successful program in Pennsylvania.

The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, D-Pa., in June, was part of the larger Farm Bill that passed Wednesday. The measure would provide start-up grants and affordable loan financing for food retailers, farmers’ markets, cooperatives and others who face obstacles to delivering and selling healthy foods. The measure will hel

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