Royersford, Pennsburg Food Pantries Win Grants

HARRISBURG PA – Food pantry operations in Royersford and Pennsburg are among 10 Montgomery County recipients of state Food Recovery Infrastructure Program grants announced Wednesday (May 27, 2020).

The Open Link in Pennsburg was awarded $31,600, and Open Door Ministry in Royersford, $28,915, for projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste under coronavirus pandemic relief expanded during April by Gov. Tom Wolf. More than $9 million in grant funding was scheduled to be distributed to non-profit entities to ensure their food banks are adequately supplied to meet Pennsylvania residents’ needs.

“Grants like this help our food banks keep their promise to always be there for those in need,” 146th District state Rep. Joe Ciresi said. “With the increases in numbers at our local food banks and pantries during this time, we must make sure we’re doing everything we can to help feed our neighbors and loved ones.”

The pandemic created an increased demand on charitable food systems. Also receiving similar grants in Montgomery County, according to the state, were:

  • Garden of Health Inc., Souderton, $127,945;
  • Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hatfield, $2,299;
  • Community Interfaith of Central Montgomery County, Norristown, $21,920;
  • Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Norristown, $2,799;
  • Narberth Community Food Bank, Narberth, $100,075;
  • Willow Grove Seventh Day Adventist Church Food Pantry, Willow Grove, $46,023;
  • Jenkintown UMC Food Cupboard, Jenkintown, $15,660; and
  • LaMott AME Church, Elkins Park, $12,480.

Funding was made available for proper management and food waste reduction through the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of 1988, the state indicated.

Because unused or unsold food can end up in landfills, where it can biodegrade and release greenhouse gases like methane, food waste can be dangerous for the environment, the state added. The federal Environmental Protection Agency estimates that during 2015, the last year when information was available, more than 30 million tons of food waste went into landfills nationwide.

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