New York mayor gives Duluth mayor $25K

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg waits to speak at Britain’s Conservative Party Conference on Oct. 10 in Birmingham, England. (Jon Super / Associated Press)

New York Mayor and millionaire Michael Bloomberg has given Duluth Mayor Don Ness $25,000 to promote volunteerism, part of $1 million in grants Bloomberg is giving out to 18 cities nationwide.

The Duluth money will go to increase access to healthy, locally grown food in urban neighborhoods — food that is grown in local community gardens. The goal is to harvest 1,700 pounds of healthy food.

“As this program shows, mayors across the country are committed to using volunteers to tackle our biggest challenges,” Bloomberg said in a statement Wednesday announcing the grants. Grantee cities were selected based on the quality of their initiatives, potential for impact and implementation plans.