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,” Gov. Tom Wolf
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.
The deadline to apply is Friday, May 8. Click HERE
to apply for the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program.