Food Banks Receive State Investment in Cold Storage, Promoting Access to Food | Non-profit
Wolf’s administration and general assembly are spending $ 11.4 million to improve cold storage infrastructure at every food bank in Pennsylvania.
The COVID-19 Food Bank Cold Storage Infrastructure Program, funded by the American Rescue Plan, is a grant program that will allow food banks in Pennsylvania to purchase, expand, or upgrade cold storage facilities to support themselves. ensure that they can deliver fresh food to families in difficulty.
Eligible purchases include refrigerators, coolers, freezers, refrigerated trailers and vans, building expansions, and more. This program will affect all 67 counties and is essential in the fight against food insecurity and food waste.
The food bank representing north-central Pennsylvania is the Central PA Food Bank, which received $ 2,585,000.
In 2019, the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants Program was created to meet the cold storage needs of food banks and reduce the waste of fresh food. When COVID-19 hit in 2020, Governor Wolf expanded the program and increased funding from $ 4 million to $ 9.6 million.
This cold storage infrastructure program will better meet the range of needs identified during the food recovery infrastructure program review process.