Company doubles funding to $500,000 to provide relief during COVID-19 pandemic

The GIANT Company today announced the more than 100 recipients of its emergency grant program. Announced last month in partnership with Team Pennsylvania, The GIANT Company originally designated $250,000 for the program, but due to the overwhelming response, the company decided to double the amount of funding available to $500,000. In all, the company is awarding 110 grants to help support small businesses in Pennsylvania’s food supply chain impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Reviewing more than 500 applications from small businesses across the Commonwealth confirmed what we knew in our hearts: that the pandemic is having a devastating impact on our small business community,” said Nicholas Bertram, president, The GIANT Company. “We’re inspired by the strength and stories of these local businesses that, in many cases, have been serving our communities for generations. As a company focused on connecting families for a better future, doubling the funding to $500,000 was an easy decision because it meant we could provide more hope and help to these hard-working families and let them know that they are not alone.”

More than 500 applications were received during the two-week application period, with more than 60 in the first 24 hours. The 110 recipients span the entire Commonwealth and represent multiple areas of the food supply chain including: dairy farms; beef, pork and poultry farms; processors; orchards; produce farms; apiaries; maple syrup producers; artisan cheesemakers; craft breweries, winemakers and cider producers; specialty yogurt, snack, sauce and condiment manufacturers; a coffee roastery and confectioner.

“Our team was honored to work together with GIANT to truly make a difference for small businesses in the commonwealth as they answer the call to feed fellow Pennsylvanians,” said Ryan Unger, President and CEO, Team Pennsylvania. “Reading through the applications it is crystal clear that we all need to find ways to support these critical cogs in our agricultural supply chain. Their experiences will help us as we work with our economic development and public sector partners to reopen and recover.”

With grants ranging from $2,500 up to $15,000, 55% of grants awarded are going to PA Preferred® companies. Also, special designations (LGBT-owned, veteran-owned, women-owned, minority-owned, USDA defined beginner rancher/farmer, USDA defined socially disadvantaged and limited resource farmer) account for more than half of the grants awarded.

The following Pennsylvania small businesses are the recipients of an emergency grant from The GIANT Company:

Allegheny Yogurt, Mohnton
Anderson Family Farm, Inc., Tionesta
Asher’s Chocolate Co., Souderton
Bakery 52/Longos, Hazleton
Bear Mountain Orchard, Inc., Aspers
Bella Lucia, Inc., Altoona
Bella Mushroom, Landenberg
The Black Urban Gardeners & Farmers of Pittsburgh Co-op, Pittsburgh
Braund Valley Farms, Troy
Bream Orchards Inc., Orrtanna
Brenckle’s Organic Farm and Greenhouse, Zelienople
Brian Campbell Farms, Berwick
Brookmere Winery, Belleville
Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, Loganville
Brubaker Farms, LLC, Mount Joy
Bumbleberry Farms, LLC, Somerset
Caputo Brother’s Creamery, LLC, Spring Grove
Central Penn Distilling, Inc. DBA Mason Dixon Distillery, Gettysburg
Cherry Valley Organics, Burgettstown
Clair D. Thompson & Sons, Inc., Jersey Shore
Clear Spring Farm LLC, Easton
Copley’s Fresh Start Farm LLC, Waterford
Crust Vegan Bakery, Philadelphia
Danikacatering LLC DBA Danika’s, Dover
Dawg Gone Bees, LLC, Hanover
David W. Pool – Fantasyland Holsteins, Robesonia
DnD Farm LLC, Philadelphia
Dries Orchards, Inc., Paxinos
Duda’s Farm Inc., Brownsville
Epic Pickles LLC, Dallastown
Eric Dersch, DBA Dersch Farms, Springboro
Excelsior Farm, Schnecksville
Fallen Aspen Farm, Volant
Farmer Fred’s, Towanda
Fiddle Creek Dairy, Quarryville
First Light Project, Philadelphia
Founders Market & Co., Lancaster
Franklin Hill Vineyards, Inc., Bangor
French Street Farms, Erie
Fruit Hollow Farms LLC, Biglerville
Funk Brewing Company, Emmaus
Garretson Orchards, Inc., Aspers
God’s Country Creamery, Ulysses
Grand Illusion Hard Cider, Carlisle
Guilside Farm, Chambersburg
Gypsy Hill, Wyalusing
Hackenberg Apiaries, Lewisburg
Harrisburg Dairies, Inc., Harrisburg
Haven Farmstead, Tripoli
Hollabaugh Bros., Inc, Biglerville
Hughes Farm, La Jose
Huntingdon Farm, Alexandria
Isabelle’s Kitchen Inc., Harleysville
J&M Farms, Windber
Josie Porter Farm, Stroudsburg
Jubilee Hilltop, Roaring Spring
Kasanicky Farm, Leechburg
Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, LLC, Newburg
Kurt Weiss Greenhouse, Mt. Carmel
Lancaster Hummus Co., Lancaster
McMullen Cattle, Ashville
Mellow Mink Brewing, Inc., Mechanicsburg
Mickey’s Wholesale Pizza, York
MicroValley Farms, Hellertown
Miller Charm Farm LLC, Tamaqua
Mystic Meadows, Ulster
The Nesting Box LLC, Kempton
One Village Coffee, Souderton
Pardoe’s Perky Peanuts, Inc., Montandon
Paulus Mt. Airy Orchard, Mechanicsburg
Penn Dairy, Winfield
Pennvale Farm, Columbia Cross Roads
Philly Pretzel Factory, State College
Pineybrook LLC, Markleton
R&S Flinchbaugh LLC, Hellam
Rettland Farms LLC, Gettysburg
Riverside Brewing, LLC (DBA Howles Maple Farm), Cambridge Springs
Roy Adams & Son, Inc., Sunbury
Roy Pitz Brewing Company, Chambersburg
RTZN Brands/Righteous Felon Craft Jerky, West Chester
Saylor’s Dairy Farm, Wellsville
SBK dba Small Batch Kitchen, Harleysville
Sechrist Farms Inc., Canton
Shawmut Valley Holsteins, Smethport
Short Hill Farm, Westfield
Simply Ghee LLC, Lancaster
SkyBlu Farms, Inc., Felton
Sleeper Hill Farm, Warren Center
Slick Dairy Farm, Edinburg
Snowcrest Farm, Milan
Snyders Beef & Blueberries, Centerville
SOD Family Farm, Coudersport
Someday Farms LLC, Salisbury
Star Super Bakery, Emigsville
Stello Foods, Inc., Punxsutawney
Strong Roots Organic Farm, Woodward
Sturges Orchard, Fombell
Susquehanna Mills, Muncy
Sweet Mama’s Mambo Sauce Jen Heasley’s Cooking With the Pros LLC, York
Tait Farm Foods INC, Centre Hall
Taylor-Pride Farm, Lawrenceville
Terranetti’s Italian Bakery, Mechanicsburg
Three Springs Fruit Farm, Aspers
TorchBearer Sauces LLC, Mechanicsburg
Tucker Hess Dairy Farm, Middlebury Center
Way-Har Farm Market LLC, Bernville
Weavers Orchard, Morgantown
Weaver’s Way, Philadelphia
The Winery at Wynridge, Dallastown
Worth the Wait Farm, Stevens

“We have been in business since 1887 and we are a 5th generation family run business. We’ve been through the Great Depression, floods and fire but this is by far the worst in modern memory because not only does it affect us but it affects ALL of our customers – no one is left out,” said Karen Thompson, Clair D. Thompson’s and Son’s Inc. in Jersey Shore, Pa. and one of the grant recipients. “It has been very stressful, and this grant has helped to alleviate some of that pressure. We are extremely grateful and appreciate The GIANT Company for this grant that we shall use to continue our employees’ insurance benefits during the time they are forced off work, to help with expenses to continue additional sanitation and to upgrade our facility to meet this new market demand for individual packaging.”

The GIANT Company and Team Pennsylvania also worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Agricultur, the Pennsylvania Chamber, and Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association to develop the program.