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Grants to Pennsylvania Local Agencies and Food Banks to Expand Food Assistance Services

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): Reach and Resiliency Grant Program


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to Pennsylvania local agencies and food banks to address food insecurity. Funding is intended to expand the reach of food assistance services. Priority will be given to regional projects that benefit multiple counties. Additionally, priority will be given to eligible projects in rural, remote, or low-income areas that are underserved.

The Department of Agriculture (Department) announces the program requirements and application period for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Reach and Resiliency Grant Program (Program) under the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Grants will be distributed to qualified TEFAP Emergency Recipient Agencies (ERA) in this Commonwealth. The Program aims to expand TEFAP's reach into remote, rural, Tribal or low-income areas, or both, that are underserved under the Program.

Priority will be given to regional projects, in which one county, food bank or lead agency serves as the lead to coordinate the project across multiple counties. Activities may include:

 (1) Onboarding new partners and assisting with necessary costs to establish a new distribution site. Counties or food banks, or both, with whom the Department has direct contracts may partner with charitable nonprofit organizations who do not currently distribute TEFAP but have been determined by the county or food bank, or both, to have the ability and capacity to aid with the further distribution of TEFAP into underserved areas.

 (2) Investments in cold-storage infrastructure. Examples of this infrastructure may include items such as industrial-sized refrigerators or freezers, or both, walk-in refrigerators or freezers, or both, and refrigerated or nonrefrigerated box trucks. Installation and shipping costs will also be eligible for support.

 (3) Building renovations for existing and newly acquired spaces.

 (4) Warehouse equipment. This may include items such as nonrefrigerated box trucks, pallet jacks, dollies, building shelving and racking, and the like. This may also include the cost of vehicles to conduct mobile distributions of TEFAP food.

 (5) Materials necessary for the storage, transportation and distribution of TEFAP foods and costs of materials associated with publicizing the TEFAP Program and the distributions of TEFAP foods.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Department will award Program grants to qualified TEFAP ERAs in this Commonwealth through a competitive sub-granting process. Qualified ERAs may include county agencies and food banks with whom the Department has direct contracts for the administration of TEFAP, lead agencies designated by the county agencies to administer TEFAP and local agencies (for example, food pantries, food cupboards, school pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and the like) who operate through a newly established or existing agreement with another ERA.

Pre-Application Information
Applications shall be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023.

The Department will e-mail notice of the acceptance or rejection of a grant application by Friday, June 30, 2023. This notice will be by e-mail to the address provided by the applicant in the grant application.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The amount of a grant shall be between $1,000 and $50,000.

Term of Contract
An application shall designate September 1, 2022, or a later date, as the project start date, and February 29, 2024, or earlier, as the project completion date.

Contact Information
Interested applicants must submit a complete electronic project proposal and grant application using the Department's Electronic Single Application web site at

Questions on this Program, including on the online application process, may be directed to Caryn Long Earl, Bureau of Food Assistance, Department of Agriculture, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408, (717) 772-2688.

If you need application technical assistance, please contact the DCED Customer Service Center Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5PM at 800-379-7448

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