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Purple Porch Co-op will use $100,000 USDA grant to promote eating local

Purple Porch Co-op now has more resources to help people fall in love with local food.

The United States Department of Agriculture Local Food Promotion Program awarded Purple Porch a $100,000 grant, the grocery store announced on its Facebook page Monday, Sept. 29. 

The grant is intended to “improve or expand an existing local or regional food business enterprise,” according to the grant description

“This is a good day for our local producers, for downtown South Bend and a validation of the hard work many have put into the Purple Porch Co-op over the last 6 years,” Purple Porch’s Facebook post read, in part. “We will use the $100,000 toward equipment and marketing to continue growing the market for local food products; doing a better job of being a resource for lower income shoppers; and being a hub-type resource for our local restaurants using locally produced ingredients.”

Purple Porch opened its doors in spring and celebrated a grand opening earlier in September. 

The store is located at 123 N. Hill St., South Bend.

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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