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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-639



Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant; Update to Application Deadline

[50 Pa.B. 2473]
[Saturday, May 9, 2020]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces an update to the application deadline for the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program (Program). Current circumstances within the charitable food system, related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response, demonstrate the need for additional flexibility and changes to this grant program. The current grant application period closes Friday, May 8, 2020.

 This grant is an opportunity to apply for up to $200,000 in grant funding offered through the new Program. Funding is available for nonprofit organizations in this Commonwealth for grant assistance for the proper management and operation of food waste reduction under the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101) (53 P.S. §§ 4000.101—4000.1904).

 Food recovery infrastructure grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations for the procurement of equipment (refrigerators, freezers, refrigerant vehicles, hand fork lifts, and the like) to reduce food waste disposal from food retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives by repurposing and redistributing apparently safe and wholesome foods to nonprofits in this Commonwealth that provide food to segments of the public. The nonprofit must describe their current food recovery operation and explain how the food infrastructure equipment will enhance their current program. The organization must also provide a description of their proposed program and provide what food retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives will be partners for the project. Additionally, the organization must provide a description of how the program will be operated by staff or volunteers, or both.

 Grant awards are predicated on the receipt of recycling fees required by sections 701 and 702 of Act 101 (53 P.S. §§ 4000.701 and 4000.702) and the availability of moneys in the Recycling Fund. The maximum grant to a nonprofit organization cannot exceed $200,000 per calendar year for the procurement of food infrastructure equipment attributable exclusively to the grant project.

 Grant applications must be submitted through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Electronic Single Application web site, eGrants, at Potential applicants must e-mail in order to gain access to the eGrants web site. Applications must be received by Friday, May 8, 2020, to be eligible for funding.

 Questions concerning this notice should be directed to Mark Vottero, Recycling Grants Coordinator, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, Bureau of Waste Management, Division of Waste Minimization and Planning, P.O. Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472, at or (717) 772-5719.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-639. Filed for public inspection May 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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