Pennsylvania Food Banks and Pantries: $1.6 Million in Grants Available Now!

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PENNSYLVANIA — Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is reaching out to food banks, pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens that offer emergency food assistance with an invitation to apply for The Emergency Food Assistance (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants.

The aim of the grants is to expand access to emergency food assistance in isolated or underserved rural or low-income communities. Secretary Redding wants to ensure that no one in Pennsylvania goes hungry, especially in a state with such wealth and bounty. Families often find themselves in a position where they don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and these grants will help expand the capacity of local agencies to supply fresh and healthy food to those in need. This is a crucial part of a much broader administration strategy to work towards a healthier and more secure Pennsylvania.

Grants are available to organizations distributing TEFAP through contracts with the state, county, or a county-designated Lead Agency. Nonprofits that provide food assistance and are interested in becoming TEFAP distribution agencies can contact their county Lead Agency to learn more.

Funded projects may include expanded cold storage, warehouse space and equipment, delivery vehicles for food distribution, and materials to publicize availability of TEFAP foods.

Full grant guidelines are published in the April 1 edition of the PA Bulletin.

Apply online through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Single Electronic Application. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 26, 2023.

Find food banks, pantries, and other resources in your area, plus information on food insecurity and what you can do to help or find help at agriculture.pa.gov/foodsecurity.

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