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TSET Declares Grants to Deal with Oklahoma’s Meals Insecurity Difficulty

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma organization says it is working to ensure all Oklahomans have access to nutritious foods.

On Monday, the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust announced the TSET Food Systems Impact Grants.

Now organizations can apply for one-time, short-term funding to provide jump starters or support projects that aim to improve Oklahomans’ access to healthy food.

“The coronavirus pandemic has shown that prevention is more important than ever to enable Oklahomans to lead healthy lives,” said Julie Bisbee, managing director of TSET. “At the same time, many families in Oklahoma are struggling to put food on the table because of the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. Healthy eating and adequate nutrition are vital to good health. “

Oklahoma currently ranks 45th out of 50 states according to America’s 2019 health ranking as one of the states with the highest food insecurity.

At the end of April, more than one in five households in the United States and one in five households with mothers with children under the age of 12 were food unsafe, according to preliminary national surveys. In Oklahoma, one in six adults and one in five children struggle with hunger, according to Oklahoma Feed America.

TSET is looking for projects that address the causes of food insecurity.

Applicants for these short-term, high impact grants could include nonprofits providing service in Oklahoma, state and local government organizations, and tribal nations.

Grant amounts can range from $ 25,000 to a maximum of $ 250,000. Other requests can be considered. Awards are paid on a refund basis.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on July 31.

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