The Wolf administration will award more than $9 million from an expanded Food Recovery Infrastructure grant program to 145 nonprofit entities for projects to fight hunger and prevent food waste.
Two of those entities are in Indiana County: the Chevy Chase Community Action Council, doing business as Chevy Chase Center in White Township, which is getting $11,250; and the Indiana County Community Action Program Inc., which is getting $34,385.
Grants will allow food banks, shelters and soup kitchens to cover the costs of equipment needed to prepare, transport and store food acquired from retailers, wholesalers, farms, processors and cooperatives.
Other awards included $200,000 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in Duquesne, which covers 11 counties including Indiana.
State officials said Thursday that an increased demand on the charitable food system related to the COVID-19 pandemic required an immediate need for resources to support additional cold storage space, and more flexibility and changes to the grant program.
Based on a survey in early May, Feeding Pennsylvania member food banks are reporting an average increase in demand of 55 percent over what they were seeing one year ago.