StrikeForce, for Rural Growth and Opportunity

 

StrikeForce is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Initiative to leverage USDA and partner’s resources to systemically mitigate persistent poverty in areas by creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development in areas of pervasive poverty, unemployment, and general distress.  StrikeForce aims to improve food security by increasing access to safe and nutritious foods.  Lastly, by expanding the USDA program knowledge of USDA employees, its partners and the public, StrikeForce will effectively expand economic opportunities in these impoverished regions.

Announcements:

Georgia StrikeForce Initiative

Public Meeting

Thursday March 27, 2014

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

 

Hosted By:

Ben Hill County Development Authority

Charles Harris Learning Center

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College – Ben Hill Campus

667 Perry House Rd,

Fitzgerald, GA 31750

 

Campus Map: http://www.wiregrass.edu/images/about/bhi_campus_map.jpg

One of the USDA StrikeForce goals is to continue the effort to expand access to the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. Plan to attend this meeting to find out how we are ensuring a healthier next generation by working directly with the State of Georgia and local organizations.

 Agenda items to be discussed:

  • Summer Food Service Program (Program expansion and recruiting new sponsors and sites!)
  • 2014 Farm Bill Update
  • USDA and other program application periods and deadlines 

USDA StrikeForce website: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=STRIKE_FORCE

Georgia Rural Development StrikeForce Coordinators: Bryan Zulko Phone: (706) 552-2557 and Deborah Callahan Phone: (706) 552-2583

Sixty of Georgia’s 159 counties are designated as StrikeForce Counties. These areas, for the past three decades, have had 20% or more of their population living below poverty income levels:

 

 

Appling

Coffee

Irwin

Randolph

Tift

Atkinson

Colquitt

Jefferson

Screven

Toombs

Baldwin

Cook

Jenkins

Seminole

Treutlen

Baker

Crisp

Johnson

Stewart

Turner

Ben Hill

Decatur

Laurens

Sumter

Ware

Berrien

Dodge

Macon

Talbot

Warren

Bulloch

Dooly

Miller

Taliaferro

Washington

Calhoun

Early

Mitchell

Tattnall

Wayne

Candler

Emanuel

Montgomery

Taylor

Webster

Charlton

Evans

Peach

Telfair

Wheeler

Clay

Grady

Pulaski

Terrell

Wilcox

Clinch

Hancock

Quitman

Thomas

Wilkes