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FAITH Farms & Orchard Announces $500,000 USDA Grant for FAITH Food is Medicine Program

FAITH Farms & Orchard

Today, FAITH CDC (Families Anchored in Total Harmony, Inc.) hosted a press conference to highlight a $500,000 grant that the organization received from USDA to develop a FAITH Food Is Medicine (FFIM) program in Gary. 

“These funds will allow us to use fresh produce to battle against heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other ailments that impact communities of color,” said Pastor Curtis Whittaker, Founder of FAITH CDC.

Whittaker went on to add that the program aims to not only raise the amount of fresh produce grown, but the amount of Gary residents consuming healthy food, which can ultimately reducing hospital utilization and costs.

FAITH Farms & Orchard
Community leaders and partners hold up seeds as part of the seed planting ceremony to mark the beginning of the program.

A host of community leaders and partners gathered at the 656 Carolina St. in Gary to lend their voices of support to the new initiative. Among those offering remarks were the following individuals:

U.S. Congressman Frank J. Mrvan

Joy Holliday representing Gary Mayor Jerome Prince

Gary Common Council President William Godwin

Kelly Anoe, Legacy Foundation

Victor Garcia, Foodbank of NWI

Lake County Commissioner Kyle Allen

Matt Doyle, President/CEO Methodist Hospitals

Dr. Winifred Oniah, Methodist Hospital

Dr. Roland Walker, City of Gary Health Commissioner

Dr. Ellen Szarleta, Indiana University Northwest

Professor Frank Nierzwicki – Indiana University Bloomington

Pastor Curtis Whittaker, FAITH Farms & Orchard

Whittaker emphasized that more funds will be needed to sustain and grown the programs of FAITH Farms.

“Our goal is to raise up to $10 million and create a food hub right here in Gary, Indiana,” said Whittaker.

View the entire press conference on the Faith Farms CDC Facebook page or here:


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