Ullman announces Rolling Harvest Food Rescue has received $121,500 in grant funding to fight hunger and prevent food waste

DOYLESTOWN, May 21 State Reps. Wendy Ullman, D-Bucks, today announced that Rolling Harvest Food Rescue has received $121,500 in grant funding to support its projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste.

“This grant funding will help support an amazing organization, Rolling Harvest Food Rescue, so that it can expand its critical work of getting healthy foods to food insecure people in Bucks County from neighboring farmers and food producers,” Ullman said.

Rolling Harvest Food Rescue acquires local farmers’ and food producers’ surplus food and provides it to food pantries, domestic violence shelters, low-income senior centers, children and family homeless shelters, and at-risk low-income adults with health challenges. Thirty-two percent of the people who receive the food are children; 12% are seniors.

“I’m glad that this grant money has gone to a critical player in Bucks County in alleviating the food crisis caused by the pandemic,” Ullman said. “Need for fresh, healthy food has far outstripped non-profits’ infrastructure and reserves. This money will help ensure that healthy food gets to more of those in need.”

The grant money will be used to cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and store food acquired from retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives. Examples of eligible equipment that will be funded include refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks and/or dollies. Installation and shipping costs were also eligible for support.

Unused or unsold food can be dangerous for the environment. It ends up in landfills, where it can biodegrade and release greenhouse gases like methane. The EPA estimates that in 2015 (the last year when information was available), more than 30 million tons of food waste went into landfills nationwide.

Funding for the grant was made available for Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for grant assistance for the proper management and operation of food waste reduction pursuant to the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988, Act 101.