Senator Maria Collett Secures $187K for Montgomery County Food Banks

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FORT WASHINGTON, PA — Senator Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery) announced $187,295 in funding for food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens across Montgomery County. The funds come from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants.

“When families face the impossible choice between paying for groceries or keeping a roof over their heads, our local food pantries answer the call to help,” Senator Collett said. “This grant funding will have an immediate impact in our community, making sure pantry doors stay open and residents can access the resources they need. I thank Governor Shapiro for his continued commitment to fighting food insecurity across our Commonwealth.”

The grants will support several organizations in Montgomery County:

  • ACLAMO Safe Haven Food Pantry and Community Closet – $20,000
  • Family Promise Montco PA – $18,500
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Mitzvah Food Program – $49,910
  • Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities – $23,000
  • Salvation Army Norristown – $15,885
  • Share Food Program – $50,000
  • Shepherd’s Shelf – $10,000

These organizations provide vital services to residents, offering food assistance and other essential resources. With this funding, they can continue to support those in need, particularly as inflation and economic pressures make food insecurity a growing concern.

Senator Collett emphasized the urgency of addressing food insecurity. Many families struggle with choosing between basic necessities such as food and housing. Local food banks and pantries play a crucial role in ensuring that no one goes hungry. This grant aims to bolster their efforts, ensuring they can meet the increased demand for their services.

Food insecurity remains a significant issue in Pennsylvania, with many households experiencing difficulty accessing nutritious food. The TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants provide critical support to local organizations that help bridge this gap. By securing these funds, Senator Collett aims to strengthen the community’s ability to combat hunger and provide stability for vulnerable populations.

Residents in need of food assistance are encouraged to contact Senator Maria Collett’s office at 215-368-1429 or visit senatorcollett.com. Additionally, those seeking nearby food pantries and resources can find information at agriculture.pa.gov/foodsecurity.

In summary, the allocation of $187,295 to food banks and pantries in Montgomery County marks a significant step toward alleviating food insecurity. Senator Maria Collett’s initiative demonstrates a commitment to supporting communities and ensuring access to essential resources. As economic challenges persist, such funding becomes increasingly vital in maintaining the well-being of residents across the county.

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