Congressman Fattah Announces Grant to The Food Trust in Philadelphia

The nationally recognized Philadelphia nonprofit will receive $150,000 from the Department of Commerce

Jun 19, 2014, 11:00 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) announced today that the Economic Development Administration (EDA)—a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce—has awarded $150,000 to The Food Trust in Philadelphia. Fattah serves as Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), which oversees funding to the Department of Commerce.

The grant will support the development and implementation of the Food Entrepreneurship Training Program, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will offer training and technical assistance to help food entrepreneurs market and expand their businesses, while complying with city regulations.

"The entire Philadelphia community benefits from the innovative work of The Food Trust and its mission to build healthier communities across the country. I'm incredibly pleased the EDA has chosen to support this new program, which leverages our city's emerging food industry and will work to ensure that aspiring food entrepreneurs are successfully trained to launch and grow their business," Congressman Fattah said. "The EDA continues to be an important driver of job creation and entrepreneurial-based economic development across our country and The Food Trust efforts are a prime example of the agency's success."

In May, Fattah was responsible for spearheading the passage of the FY15 CJS Appropriations Act, which provided $247.5 million in funding for the Economic Development Administration. Recognizing its impact and success in helping spur private sector job creation, Fattah has continually pushed to maintain and increase funding for the agency and its programs.

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah