Davis, CA, Feb 17, 2010 -- Since being signed into law one year ago today, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has made a big impact in California's rural communities. In Hoopa, ARRA funds are helping the Hoopa Valley Tribe expand their Food Distribution Program. USDA Rural Development provided the Tribe a $20,775 Community Facilities grant to purchase a new truck and camper shell to help with food deliveries.
The Hoopa Valley Tribe's Food Distribution Program has long been in operation and now serves close to 1,200 clients a month. Although it was a very successful program, they had difficulty providing delivery service to some of their clients. The Tribe used a large refrigerated truck for some delivery locations, but many staff used personal vehicles to help deliver to food to clients or relied on others to help deliver food. All of this has changed now that they have purchased their new F250 truck and commercial camper shell. This new, smaller truck is more reliable and allows them to deliver directly to those clients that do not drive, are without vehicles or have other difficulties picking up their food.
"One year in, it's clear that the Recovery Act is making a difference across California in rural communities like Hoopa," said USDA Rural Development State Director Dr. Glenda Humiston. "As this project and the hundreds others funded through ARRA conclude over the next few years, we will continue to see the effects in stronger, more vibrant rural communities."
ARRA loans and grants will continue to be available through USDA Rural Development until September 30, 2010, or until all funds have been awarded.
"President Obama's Recovery Act has helped create jobs and lay a new foundation for economic growth during the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "USDA has used Recovery Act funding to create badly-needed jobs and stimulate local economies, help farmers and rural businesses make it through tough times, ensure that struggling families can put food on the table, and build and revitalize critical infrastructure in rural communities across America."
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at one of California's 18 local USDA Rural Development offices or by visiting http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca.
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