Otten announces $41K Dairy Investment Program grant awarded to local nonprofit

EXTON, Jan. 24 – State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, D-Chester, today announced that Camphill Village Kimberton Hills Inc. received a $41,389 grant from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of its residents who live with developmental disabilities. This grant will go toward the purchase and installation of pasteurization and cheesemaking equipment for the residents to utilize. This includes a 105-gallon vat, cheese press, Gouda cheese molds, an energy-efficient cooling system and vacuum packaging equipment. Additionally, funds will be used for purchasing supplies for renovations to the facility’s existing cheese cave, including drywalling and fiberglass reinforced plastic wallboard.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills will sell their cheese products through Kimberton Whole Foods and their Community Supported Agriculture share.

“I’m immensely grateful that our community was selected to receive these funds,” Otten said. “Camphill Village Kimberton Hills makes such a positive impact on its residents and connects them with other people, interests and resources in a valuable way. This grant will benefit the residents, the nonprofit, the local business selling Camphill’s cheeses, and the neighbors who get to purchase and enjoy them!”

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established, with Otten’s support, under Act 38 of 2019 for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Department of Agriculture, under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

More information can be found on the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program’s website or by contacting Otten’s office at (484) 200-8259.