FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2020
Administration Expands Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants to
Help the Charitable Food System
Grants to eliminate food
waste will help keep food banks stocked and prevent farm losses
Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf
Administration is making immediate changes to the Food Recovery
Infrastructure Grant Program to help ensure food banks are
adequately supplied to meet the needs of Pennsylvania residents.
Increased demand on the charitable food system related to
COVID-19 has demonstrated an immediate need for resources to support
additional cold storage space, and more flexibility and changes
to this grant program. The changes also encourage
partnerships between nonprofit organizations such as food banks and farms,
processors and cooperatives that continue to experience
challenges within the food supply chain as a result of the COVID-19
“At a time when our fellow residents are facing hunger
and financial hardship, we all have a moral obligation to do what we can to
help, and that includes expanding this grant
program, quickly delivering grant awards, and
helping ensure that food is not being wasted,” Governor Tom Wolf said.
Changes to the grant solicitation process include:
- Closing the round of grant
eligibility on May 8 to review applications and deliver awards as
soon as possible;
- Expanding the list of potential partners
beyond retailers and wholesalers to also include farms,
processors and cooperatives; and
- Removing pre-application meeting
requirements to expedite applications.
The changes to the program are effective immediately.
This $4 million grant program is an opportunity for the
charitable food system to apply for up to $200,000 in grant funding offered
through the new Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program. This funding is
available for Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for grant assistance for
the proper management and operation of food waste reduction pursuant to the
Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of
1988, Act 101.
Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants will be awarded to
nonprofit organizations such as food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens to
cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and
store food acquired from retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and
cooperatives. Examples of eligible equipment include refrigerated or non-refrigerated
box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks and/or dollies.
Installation and shipping costs will also be eligible for support.
To apply, the applicant must
describe its current food recovery operation and explain how the
food infrastructure equipment will enhance its current program.
The organization must also provide a description of the proposed
program and provide what food retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and
cooperatives will be partners for the project. Additionally, the
organization must provide a description of how the program will be operated
by staff and or volunteers.
“Making these changes will help us get more food to the
people who need it and help prevent harvested crops from spoiling
or otherwise going to waste,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 8. Learn how to apply for the Food Recovery
Infrastructure Grant Program.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Lyndsay Kensinger (Governor), RA-GVGOVPRESS@pa.gov;
Neil Shader (DEP), RA-EPNEWS@pa.gov
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