In partnership with Team Pennsylvania, The GIANT Company provided $500,000 in funding for an emergency grant program to support farms, processors, and other small food businesses in Pennsylvania’s food supply chain impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The GIANT Company originally designated $250,000 for the program, but due to the overwhelming response, decided to double the amount of funding available. In all, the company awarded 110 grants to assist businesses with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards were announced May 11, 2020.
With grants ranging from $2,500 up to $15,000, 55% of awardees are 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 awards.
Read statements from The GIANT Company President Nicholas Bertram and President and CEO of Team Pennsylvania in the full press release here.
The GIANT Company and Team Pennsylvania also worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Chamber, and Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association to develop and promote the program.
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