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WSDA offers grants for food assistance organizations

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Food Assistance Program is now accepting applications for the Flexible Funding grants, a new grant program to support Washington’s diverse hunger relief network. 

WSDA distributes millions of dollars annually through its Food Assistance programs, contracting with hunger relief organizations and Tribes in all 39 counties to deliver government-funded food assistance resources across the state.

These include both state funds and federal funds as well as commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The new WSDA Flexible Funding grants are funded by $4 million available from an appropriation provided by the state Legislature during the 2021 session and the USDA.

The grant is open to all food assistance organizations statewide, whether they currently contract with WSDA to distribute food or not.

Applications are being accepted now through Nov. 15.

Grant awards will range from below $5,000 to more than $50,000.

Visit www.agr.wa.gov/grants for more information on the Flexible Funding grants, including how to apply, eligibility requirements and more.

Gas prices have fallen 2.8 cents 

Washington gas prices have fallen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.75/g as of Monday, Oct. 4, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,666 stations in Washington.

Gas prices in Washington are 8.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand $1.03/g higher than a year ago.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the least expensive station in Washington is priced at $3.17/g while the most expensive is $4.26/g, a difference of $1.09/g.

The lowest price in the state is $3.17/g while the highest is $4.26/g, a difference of $1.09/g.

The national average price of gasoline is unchanged  in the last week, averaging $3.18/g. The national average is unchanged  from a month ago and stands $1.01/g higher than a year ago.

GasBuddy data is accessible at FuelInsights.GasBuddy.com.