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August 16th, 2011
Grijalva Congratulates Yuma Food Bank on Pair of Rural Development Grants to Increase Transportation Access, Improve Local Infrastructure

Tucson, Ariz.– Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva today congratulated the Yuma Community Food Bank on two grants from Rural Development, a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to improve customer traffic access and upgrade local parking availability. The grants will help increase customer parking, re-route semi trucks on Food Bank property to avoid congestion, help avoid customers blocking traffic in front of the premises, and repair a septic system on the east side of the building.

The grants, totaling $117,187, come in the form of a $68,387 Community Facility Grant and a $48,800 Economic Impact Initiative grant. The cost of the project will be covered in part by a $67,636 contribution from the Food Bank, according to USDA information.

“Communities all over Arizona need exactly this kind of sensible assistance – whether it’s transportation, infrastructure or more commercial opportunity – and the people of Yuma are going to benefit tremendously from this project,” Grijalva said. “Far from being some bureaucratic, out-of-touch funding decision, this is being done because local demand has increased and transportation capacity needs to match commercial potential. I congratulate the Food Bank on this opportunity to better serve the people of Yuma, and I thank Rural Development for making the right choice in funding this project.”

For more information, contact the Food Bank at (928) 343-1243.

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