Giant, Team Pennsylvania award $500K for food supply chain woes
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York Daily Record
Several York County small businesses and farms were awarded grant funding to help restore the supply chain in Pennsylvania amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, May 11 Giant and Team Pennsylvania announced 110 recipients for its emergency grant program. Small businesses from across the state were awarded between $2,500 to $15,000, including nine in York County.
“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 inform us as we work with our economic development and public sector partners to reopen and recover,” Team Pennsylvania CEO Ryan Unger said in a statement.
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The program initially launched with $250,000 in aid and later doubled funding after a surge of applicants statewide. The funds will be divided up between various businesses that help aid the food supply chain from dairy, pork, and poultry farms to winemakers and coffee roasters.
View of the orchard at Brown’s Orchards in Loganville. Brown’s was one of 110 recipients for emergency grant funding from Giant and Team Pennsylvania. The grant program aims to rebuild the food supply chain amid coronavirus woes. (Photo: Ty Lohr, York Daily Record)
“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,” Giant president Nicholas said in a press release. “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.”
Brown’s Orchard in Loganville, Caputo Brother’s Creamery in Spring Grove, Danikacatering in Dover, Epic Pickles in Dallastown, Mickey’s Wholesale Pizza in York, R&S Flinchbaugh Farms in Hellam, Star Super Bakery in Emigsville, Sweet Mama’s Mambo Sauce in York, and The Winery at Wyndridge in Dallastown were among the York County recipients.
Neil Strebig is a journalist for the York Daily Record and curator for the York on the Move newsletter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-825-6582 or via Twitter @neilStrebig.
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