Matzie: Nearly $50,000 secured for planning and design of Beaver County food hub

AMBRIDGE, Nov. 1 – New funding of $49,000 will allow an Aliquippa-based nonprofit group to move forward with the planning and design of a community food hub, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today.

Matzie said the funding to the RiverWise group will help Beaver County make inroads against a persistent community issue.

“Connecting folks who are struggling to an easily accessible network of fresh food helps us make inroads against food insecurity,” Matzie said. “Securing this new funding will help RiverWise expand that network through the planning and design of a community food hub. Broader outreach to all parts of the community helps ensure that more families have the fresh food they need.”

The funding is part of a statewide grant package administered by the state Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Farm Bill's Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program to expand the supply of fresh food in underserved neighborhoods.

More about the funding – which was supplemented by a $200,000 donation from The GIANT Co. – is available here:,opportunity%20in%20urban%20Pennsylvania%20neighborhoods.