USDA official visits South Valley farm, supports fight against food insecurity

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A program to address food insecurity in New Mexico is getting a boost from the federal government.

Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows a large portion of New Mexico is a food desert – that means people don’t have easy access to healthy meal options or the means to get it.

In the South Valley, Ezequiel Chavez-Villa’s farm is a major participant in the Sembrando Salud! program. The program empowers communities via hands-on workshops and demonstrations on gardening methods.

Now, the USDA is investing over $611,000 in it. USDA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt says it’s all about growing food here that stays here.

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