Wheatley announces $378,000 in grants to assist community food banks, shelters

PITTSBURGH, May 21 – Approximately $378,544 in state grants have been awarded to several nonprofit organizations in Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh that provide food assistance, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced today.

Wheatley, D-Allegheny, said the following organizations have received a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program:

  • Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center (Allegheny County): $130,000
  • Earthen Vessels Outreach (Allegheny County): $40,699
  • Alpha House Inc. (Allegheny County): $74,157
  • Latino Community Center (Allegheny County): $4,373
  • Community Kitchen Pittsburgh: $93,600
  • Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania Northside Food Pantry: $35,725

“The grants allow these organizations the necessary funds to cover costs of equipment purchases so they can properly prepare, transport and store food they receive from farms, wholesalers and retailers,” Wheatley said. “Our food banks and shelters do so much to help those in need, especially during this pandemic, and these funds will ensure food can be quickly stored and properly prepared to ensure it doesn’t go to waste.”

Examples of eligible equipment include refrigerated or non-refrigerated box trucks, industrial-sized refrigerators, pallet jacks and/or dollies.

More information on the grant program can be found at this link: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Municipal-Resources/FinancialAssistance/Pages/default.aspx.