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Grants available to bolster charity food infrastructure

Fresh eggs and grapes await packing and distribution at Crispus Attucks Community Center in this March 2023 file photo. (Photo: Tim Stuhldreher)

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is inviting food banks and food pantries to apply for a share of $2.5 million in grants to improve their storage and distribution capacity.

The opportunity comes via Round 2 of The Emergency Food Assistance Program’s “Reach & Resiliency” grant program. TEFAP is an emergency food program funded and supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In September, more than $1.6 million was distributed to 39 entities in Round 1. No Lancaster County organizations received funding; however, the Harrisburg-based Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, which serves Lancaster and 26 other counties, received $50,000.

Funding can be used to expand or renovate warehouse space and cold storage, buy delivery vehicles or improve access in “isolated or underserved rural or low-income communities,” the state department said. For more details, click here.

Applications are made online through the Department of Community & Economic Development’s portal. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

To be eligible, organizations must USDA-sourced food through a TEFAP contract with the state, county or a county-designated agency.