Mississippi’s capital city is receiving a $1 million grant for public art focusing on access to fresh food.

The money comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies, run by billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg.

Former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, right, listens as Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, responds to the city being named the winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The city will receive a grant up to $1 million for a public art project addressing nutrition and food equity in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg, right, listens as Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, responds to the city being named the winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The city will receive a grant up to $1 million for a public art project addressing nutrition and food equity in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba jokingly welcomed the former New York mayor “to the deep-fried South” as they appeared together Thursday for the grant announcement.

Bloomberg says 200 cities competed for a public art grant, and Jackson is one of 14 winners. He says the art could generate discussion about nutrition.

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, left, listens as philanthropist and former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announces Jackson, Miss., as the winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The city will receive a grant up to $1 million for a public art project addressing nutrition and food equity in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, left, listens as philanthropist and former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announces Jackson, Miss., as the winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The city will receive a grant up to $1 million for a public art project addressing nutrition and food equity in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Lumumba says a goal to draw attention to communities where people don’t have access to fresh food or “don’t make the proper choices in the things that they eat.”

Artists, chefs, farmers, landscape architects and others will work on art installations and programs for the “Fertile Ground” project.

Source: The Associated Press