PA Dept. of Ag Awards $1.6 Million to 39 Foodbanks, Pantries, and Soup Kitchens Across Pennsylvania

Agriculture Secretary Russell ReddingCredit: Commonwealth Media Services

PENNSYLVANIA — On Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited New Bethany Choice Food Pantry in Bethlehem to announce awards of more than $1.6 million to 40 food banks, pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens across Pennsylvania through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants. The grant awards recognize Hunger Action Month, and demonstrate the Shapiro Administration’s commitment to fighting hunger and food insecurity and increasing access to healthy food for Pennsylvanians, wherever they live.

“No one should go hungry in a state with the wealth and bounty we have in Pennsylvania,” Secretary Redding said. “But far too often families do not know where their next meal is coming from and they need our help. Expanding the capacity of organizations like New Bethany to supply fresh, healthy food to families in need is just one part of a broad Shapiro Administration strategy to work toward a healthier, more secure Pennsylvania.”

New Bethany is receiving $23,610 to reconfigure the space in their Choice Food Pantry, allowing them to increase cold storage capacity, offer a greater variety of fresh, nutritious food, and more efficiently serve more people in need of food assistance. New Bethany offers hope and support to people experiencing poverty, hunger, and homelessness. The organization provides food, wellness programming, transitional housing, permanent affordable housing, and financial case management to those working toward self-sufficiency.

“More people than ever are relying on New Bethany’s Choice Food Pantry to supplement their grocery budgets,” New Bethany Executive Director Marc Rittle said. “In fact, we have nearly doubled our output of USDA food. TEFAP is essential to us in this work, as we expand our services in the Bethlehem Area.”

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TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants are being awarded to organizations distributing USDA Foods through TEFAP contracts with the state, county, or a county-designated Lead Agency.

Funded projects include expanded cold storage, warehouse space and equipment, delivery vehicles for food distribution, and other investments that expand TEFAP’s reach into isolated or underserved rural or low-income communities.

The department will be announcing a second round of TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants, with more than $2.5 million in available funding, in October 2023.

According to Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap, in 2022, more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians, or 8.9% of everyone in the state, and 13% of our children, may not know the source of their next meal.

TEFAP Grant Recipients announced include:

Adams County

  • South Central Community Action Programs – $39,492

Allegheny County

  • Community Human Services Corporation – $50,000

Berks County

  • Helping Harvest – $50,000

Bradford County

  • Child Hunger Outreach Partners – $50,000

Butler County

  • Community Partnership – $33,000

Cambria County

  • Interfaith Community Food Pantry – $29,252

Centre County

  • The Food Bank of the State College Area – $40,476

Chester County

  • Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center Food Pantry – $50,000

Clinton County

  • The New Love Center – $50,000

Crawford County

  • Center for Family Services – $48,904

Cumberland County

  • Shippensburg Produce and Outreach – $50,000

Dauphin County

  • The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region  – $50,000
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $50,000

Erie County

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $41,020

Fayette County

  • Fayette County Community Action Agency – $50,000

Franklin County

  • Franklin County Government – $32,861
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Indiana County

  • Indiana County Community Action Program – $47,918

Lackawanna County

  • Friends of the Poor –  $50,000

Lebanon County

  • The Caring Cupboard – $50,000

Mercer County

  • Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County – $50,000

Mifflin County

  • Mifflin Juniata Human Services – $32,229

Monroe County

  • West End Pantry – $46,585

Montgomery County

  • ACLAMO – $20,000
  • Family Promise Montco PA– $50,000
  • Manna on Main Street – $20,615
  • Martha’s Choice Marketplace – $38,137
  • Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard – $8,000
  • Narberth Community Food Bank – $17,012

Northampton County

  • New Bethany – $28,610
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA – $40,330

Philadelphia County

  • Allegheny West Foundation – $50,000
  • Philabundance – $23,000
  • Share Food Program – $50,000
  • Small Things – $24,280
  • Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition – $50,000
  • The Center for Returning Citizens – $50,000

Schuylkill County

  • Schuylkill Community Action – $50,000

York County

  • New Hope Ministries, Spring Grove – $50,000
  • York County Food Bank – $50,000

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