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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 22-1874



Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant; Opening of Grant Application Period

[52 Pa.B. 7469]
[Saturday, December 3, 2022]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces an opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 in grant funding offered through the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program (Grant Program). This funding is available for section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in this Commonwealth (26 U.S.C.A. § 501(c)(3)) 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 and nonrefrigerant box trucks, cargo vans, pallet jacks, dollies, hand fork lifts, stoves, ovens and microwaves) to reduce food waste disposal from food retailers, wholesalers, agriculture organizations, farms 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, agriculture organizations, farms and cooperatives (grocery stores, and the like) will be partners for the project. Additionally, the organization must provide a description of how the Grant 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.

 Special consideration will be given to those applicants identified in environmental justice (EJ) areas:

 • The Department identifies an EJ area where 20% or more individuals live at or below the Federal poverty line or 30% or more of the population identify as non-white minority, or both, based on data from the United States Census Bureau and the Federal guidelines for poverty.

 The maximum grant to a nonprofit organization cannot exceed $50,000 per calendar year for the procurement of food infrastructure equipment attributable exclusively to the grant project.

 Potential applicants are required to have a pre-application meeting with the Department's Regional Planning and Recycling Coordinator prior to submitting an application for funding consideration. To request a pre-application meeting, contact the Department at the information provided at the end of this notice.

 Grant applications must be submitted online through the Commonwealth's Electronic Single Application web site, eGrants, at Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 17, 2023, to be eligible for funding.

Language Access

 For applicants who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have a speech disorder, the Pennsylvania Hamilton Relay Service is available by calling (800) 654-5984 (TTD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users), and request that the call be relayed to Mark Vottero at (717) 772-5719.

ATTENTION: If you speak another language other than English, language assistance services can be made available to you. Call (717) 772-5719.

ATENCIóN: Si habla otro idioma que no sea el inglés, los servicios de asistencia lingüística pueden estar disponibles para usted. Llame al (717) 772-5719.

ACHTUNG: Wenn Sie eine andere Sprache als Englisch sprechen, können Ihnen Sprachunterstützungsdienste zur Verfügung gestellt werden. Rufen Sie (717) 772-5719 an.

 Inquiries concerning this notice and requests for more information about this Grant Program 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.

Regional Planning and Recycling Coordinators

Southeast Region

Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties

Department of Environmental Protection
Waste Management Program
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
(484) 250-5900
Mary Alice Reisse,
Ann Ryan,

Northeast Region

Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties

Department of Environmental Protection
Waste Management Program
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0790
(570) 826-2108
Berit Case,

Southcentral Region

Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry and York Counties

Department of Environmental Protection
Waste Management Program
909 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-8200
(717) 705-4735
Jessica Shilladay,

Northcentral Region

Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union Counties

Department of Environmental Protection
Waste Management Program
208 West 3rd Street, Suite 101
Williamsport, PA 17701
(570) 916-8648
Joseph Delgrippo,

Southwest Region

Allegheny, Beaver, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland Counties

Department of Environmental Protection
Waste Management Program
400 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745
(412) 442-4000
Michael Celaschi,
Bradley Cunningham,
Bill Jester,

Northwest Region

Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties

Department of Environmental Protection
Waste Management Program
230 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335-3481
(814) 332-6981
Regina Schweinsberg,

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 22-1874. Filed for public inspection December 2, 2022, 9:00 a.m.]

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