Emmaus Awarded $95,000 from State Grant

Emmaus Food Pantry was awarded $95,000 from the Food Recovery Infrastructure grant of Governor Wolf’s Administration aimed at supporting nonprofit food pantries to fight hunger and prevent food waste.

The funds will be used to buy the food pantry a new box truck and replace the aging walk-in freezer. “The new freezer, in particular, will enable us to accept more perishable food donations and prevent unnecessary waste of food when so many are in need,” said Margaret Kloecker, associate director. Emmaus Food Pantry serves 550 families in the City of Erie each week.

The Wolf Administration awarded over $9 million to 145 food banks, soup kitchens, and churches across the state, including $70,902 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest PA – the food bank that supplies food to Emmaus’ Food Pantry.

“These grantees have demonstrated their commitment to feeding Pennsylvanians and simultaneously supporting agriculture,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “This grant program is our trifecta, a win-win-win for our commonwealth: allowing food banks to keep fresh produce and dairy stocked and provide it to those in need, eliminating food waste, and preventing losses for our hardworking farmers who have had to deal with so much uncertainty.”

For more, see the Erie Times News article and Governor Wolf’s press release.