State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) joined Congressman Steve Stivers and others at an event today to applaud the launch of the Finance Fund Capital Corporation’s Healthy Food for Ohio (HFFO) program. This program, made possible by public-private partnerships, will provide grants and loans to food retailers and grocers that will spur development in underserved areas.

“It is vitally important that all Ohioans have access to fresh foods and groceries,” said Smith. “This program was created to address the reality that there are several communities that are in desperate need of a grocery store. Vinton County, for example, has been without a grocery store for years and we are working diligently to assist in locating one in the county. I am hopeful that the seed funding made possible by this initiative will be leveraged to improve access to fresh foods for both rural and urban areas in Ohio.”  

Funds for the HFFO program were allocated in HB 64, the FY 2016-2017 biennial budget, to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). The Finance Fund Capital Corporation was chosen to be the private entity that would administer the funds from the ODJFS. Funds may be used for land acquisition, predevelopment, construction, infrastructure, equipment and related expenses needed to complete the project.

Applicants will be evaluated and approved for financing while funds remain available. The data used to determine an area’s eligibility will be provided by The Food Trust. A pre-application will be utilized to ensure that an applicant meets the objectives of the HFFO. If both the application and pre-application have been completed, a letter will be sent to the applicant disclosing the eligibility status and may invite the applicant to apply for financing.

Featured Posts

Guest Column From Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith: Area Expansions Strengthen The 93rd House District, Ohio

Columbus - 

This summer has been a busy one in the 93rd House District, especially considering the steps the area has taken to advance community and business development. As always, I was able to make my rounds to most of our county fairs—one of the true highlights of the season in southern Ohio. It is incredible to see the dedication our 4-H students put into their craft, and I commend them for such devoted civic involvement. In addition to our fairs, I attended groundbreakings for many different industries across the district.


Guest Column From Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith: Sales Tax Holiday Provides Relief For Parents, Stimulates Economy

Columbus - 

Each and every summer, I am shocked at how quickly we seem to get to August. It feels like just yesterday it was snowing, and now we’re weeks away from the start of a new school year. As a father of four, I know firsthand how hectic and expensive this time of the year can be. From figuring out classroom schedules to making time for sports and extracurricular activities, ensuring each of my children are set up to succeed as they begin a new grade isn’t always an easy task.


Guest Column From Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith: Independence Day Thoughts Inspire New Speakership

Columbus - 

A lot has happened up at the Ohio Statehouse in recent weeks. In early June, I was elected by my peers to serve as the 103rd Speaker of the Ohio House, and I hope to be able to represent you and the rest of the 93rd District even better in my new role. Along with this honor comes great responsibility, and we’ve been incredibly busy over the past weeks to pass vital legislation that will impact Ohioans across the state.


Ohio House Finance Committee Introduces Budget Sub. Bill


The Ohio House Finance Committee today introduced Substitute House Bill 64, legislation which outlines the two-year budget proposal for Ohio by making appropriations and providing policy initiatives in various areas such as education, taxes and healthcare.