Matzie: More than $1 million in funding to help area food banks meet greater demand

AMBRIDGE, May 21 – Area food banks will receive more than $1.4 million in state grants to help them meet the increased demand and greater food insecurity created by the COVID-19 pandemic, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

“Our local food banks have always been important in helping residents combat food insecurity, but with the onset of this pandemic, their services are more critical than ever – and they are being called on to reach a much larger number of residents,” Matzie said. “Thanks to this funding, these important providers will be able to purchase the additional equipment and vehicles they need to meet this increasing demand safely and efficiently.”

Some of the grants include –

  • $200,000 to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
  • $145,027 to Beaver Falls Youth Network d/b/a Tiger Pause Youth Ministry.
  • $133,416 to Faith Restorations.
  • $53,341 to Adagio Health Inc.

The grants are administered by the Department of Environmental Protection and are part of a $9.6 million package awarded to 145 food projects throughout the state.

Providers may use the funding to purchase equipment such as refrigerated or non-refrigerated trucks, industrial refrigerators and pallet jacks.

More information on the grants is available here.