Bethlehem, PA – Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited New Bethany Choice Food Pantry in Bethlehem to announce awards of more than $1.6 million to 40 food banks, pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens across Pennsylvania through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grants. Today's grant awards recognize Hunger Action Month, and demonstrate the Shapiro Administration's commitment to fighting hunger and food insecurity and increasing access to healthy food for Pennsylvanians, wherever they live.
"No one should go hungry in a state with the wealth and bounty we have in Pennsylvania," Secretary Redding said. "But far too often families do not know where their next meal is coming from and they need our help. Expanding the capacity of organizations like New Bethany to supply fresh, healthy food to families in need is just one part of a broad Shapiro Administration strategy to work toward a healthier, more secure Pennsylvania."
New Bethany is receiving $23,610 to reconfigure the space in their Choice Food Pantry, allowing them to increase cold storage capacity, offer a greater variety of fresh, nutritious food, and more efficiently serve more people in need of food assistance. New Bethany offers hope and support to people experiencing poverty, hunger, and homelessness. The organization provides food, wellness programming, transitional housing, permanent affordable housing, and financial case management to those working toward self-sufficiency.
"More people than ever are relying on New Bethany's Choice Food Pantry to supplement their grocery budgets," New Bethany Executive Director Marc Rittle said. "In fact, we have nearly doubled our output of USDA food. TEFAP is essential to us in this work, as we expand our services in the Bethlehem Area."
TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants are being awarded to organizations distributing USDA Foods through TEFAP contracts with the state, county, or a county-designated Lead Agency.
Funded projects include expanded cold storage, warehouse space and equipment, delivery vehicles for food distribution, and other investments that expand TEFAP's reach into isolated or underserved rural or low-income communities.
The department will be announcing a second round of TEFAP Reach and Resiliency Grants, with more than $2.5 million in available funding, in October 2023.
According to Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap, in 2022, more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians, or 8.9% of everyone in the state, and 13% of our children, may not know the source of their next meal.
The Governor's 2023-24 budget includes:
- $46.5 million in funding to provide universal free breakfast to all of Pennsylvania's 1.7 million public school students and free lunch to all 22,000 Pennsylvania students who are eligible for reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program;
- $2 million to fund the Fresh Food Financing Initiative that will contribute to better health outcomes by improving access to PA-grown, processed, and produced foods; and
- $2 million increase to the State Food Purchase Program to provide state funds for emergency food assistance for low-income Pennsylvanians, connect surplus food donated by farmers through the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System to food banks and food pantries statewide, and connect low-income seniors to Senior Food Boxes filled with nutritious dietary staples.
TEFAP Grant Recipients announced today include:
South Central Community Action Programs – $39,492
Community Human Services Corporation – $50,000
Helping Harvest – $50,000
Child Hunger Outreach Partners – $50,000
Community Partnership – $33,000
Interfaith Community Food Pantry – $29,252
The Food Bank of the State College Area – $40,476
Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center Food Pantry – $50,000
The New Love Center – $50,000
Center for Family Services – $48,904
Shippensburg Produce and Outreach – $50,000
The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region – $50,000
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank – $50,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania – $41,020
Fayette County Community Action Agency – $50,000
Franklin County Government – $32,861
Indiana County Community Action Program – $47,918
Friends of the Poor – $50,000
The Caring Cupboard – $50,000
Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County – $50,000
Mifflin Juniata Human Services – $32,229
West End Pantry – $46,585
ACLAMO – $20,000
Family Promise Montco PA– $50,000
Manna on Main Street – $20,615
Martha's Choice Marketplace – $38,137
Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard – $8,000
Narberth Community Food Bank – $17,012
New Bethany – $28,610
Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast PA – $40,330
Allegheny West Foundation – $50,000
Philabundance – $23,000
Share Food Program – $50,000
Small Things – $24,280
Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition – $50,000
The Center for Returning Citizens – $50,000
Schuylkill Community Action – $50,000
New Hope Ministries, Spring Grove – $50,000
York County Food Bank – $50,000
Find foodbanks, pantries and other resources in your area, plus information on food insecurity and what you can do to help or find help at agriculture.pa.gov/foodsecurity.
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