U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced 27 awards that will be given to various organizations to help fight hunger.

Funds for the awards come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). "The Community Food Projects grants give low-income communities the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient in meeting their food needs while also responding to the nutritional issues of the community."

The recipients of the awards are:

* Chugachmiut, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, $25,000

* Community Serviced Unlimited, Inc., Los Angeles, Calif., $299,375

* California State University, Monterey Bay, Calif., $250,000

* Common Good City Farm, Washington, D.C., $170,000

* Athens Land Trust, Athens, Ga., $287,690

* Our School at Blair Grocery, New Orleans, La., $299,600

* Angelic Organics Learning Center, Rockford, Ill., $299,184

* Four Directions Development Corporation, Bangor, Maine, $30,000

* Community Teamwork, Inc., Lowell, Mass., $45,543

* Community Action Duluth, Duluth, Minn., $19,805

* Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $299,410

* Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, Hattiesburg, Miss., $299,693


* National Center for Appropriate Technology, Butte, Mont., $297,757

* YMCA of Central New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., $180,342

* Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Ithaca, N.Y., $24,997

* Why Hunger, New York, N.Y., $250,000

* Myrtle Ave Commercial Revitalization and Development, New York, N.Y., $212,280

* New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Rochester, N.Y., $25,000

* Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties, Dayton, Nev., $300,000

* Corvallis Environmental Center, Corvallis, Ore., $25,000

* Adelante Mujeres, Forest Grove, Ore., $20,185

* Community Food Security Coalition, Portland, Ore., $250,000

* Southside Community Land Trust, Providence, R.I., $25,000

* Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash., $25,000

* FareStart, Seattle, Wash., $299,545

* Fondy Food Center, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisc., $289,594

* Growing Power, Milwaukee, Wisc., $250,000