NJEDA Releases Draft List of NJ Food Desert Communities
On January 4, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) released a draft list of New Jersey’s 50 designated Food Desert Communities for public feedback. The Food Desert Relief Act, signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy in January 2021, directs the NJEDA to address the food security needs of communities across New Jersey by providing up to $40 million per year for six years in tax credits, loans, grants, and/or technical assistance to increase access to nutritious foods and develop new approaches to alleviate food deserts.
CCSNJ would like your feedback. Are any South Jersey areas not designated food deserts that should be? How can the regulations be drafted in a way to ensure that this program drives opportunities for businesses, residents and the betterment of South Jersey? Please provide any comments you would like to share no later than Friday, January 14, 2022.
Lastly, if you would like to provide individual feedback members can visit https://www.njeda.com/program-specific-feedback or email firstname.lastname@example.org to offer input before February 4, 2022. The NJEDA will host listening sessions on January 12 (register here) and January 13, 2022 (register here) to solicit stakeholder input.