Fredericktown, MO, Sep 17, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant State Director Tim Rickabaugh today announced funding for Madison Medical Center. Rural Development approved a Community Facility Loan of $68,900, a Community Facility Grant of $4,950 and an Economic Impact Initiative Grant of $20,050.
"A priority for Rural Development is identifying local food sources to assist in responding to the health and nutrition needs of a community. Through programs such as “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” and farmers’ market development, Rural Development is attempting to encourage communities to look to regionally grown foods to feed their residents, Rickabaugh said. Madison Medical Center has recognized the importance of supporting local producers. Offering quality food is crucial to the recovery of patients. By moving products directly from farm to table, the hospital can increase the revenue for producers and increase the nutritional value of the meals served."
Rural Development funds will be used to purchase kitchen equipment to upgrade their existing equipment. This will allow the hospital to use and process locally grown farm products to serve their patients.
Kent Marler, Board Chair of Madison Medical Center said, “It is always a pleasure working with Kevin Hinkebein and our local USDA office. Through the combination of our recent grant and loan process with the USDA, Madison Medical Center was able to achieve a significant upgrade in our Dietary area. Upgrades to the area included the installation of a new emergency power source and commercial equipment for food processing, sanitation and storage. We were also able to improve the functionality and aesthetics of the dining area. The USDA has provided tremendous benefit on numerous projects in our community over the past few years and I can’t express enough just how much we appreciate their support.”
Community Facility Grant and Loan Programs provide loans, grants and loan guarantees for projects to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. This may include hospitals, fire protection, public safety, libraries, schools, day care centers as well as many other community-based initiatives. USDA also works to develop the capacity and ability of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community development organizations, and low income rural communities to improve housing, community facilities, community and economic development projects in rural areas.
For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
President Obama's plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President's leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA's investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as the Department implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act.
USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
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