Burlington County launches grant program to fight food insecurity

Citing ongoing need, the Burlington County Commissioners announced the launch of a new $1 million grant program to support local food pantries and other organizations assisting food insecure households.

The Burlington County Grants for Food Banks and Food Pantries program will offer grants up to $75,000 to nonprofit organizations that are providing food assistance to residents in Burlington County and have experienced increased demand since the beginning of COVID.

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As of 2020, an estimated 31,800 Burlington County residents, including 9,000 children, were considered food insecure because they lived in households without consistent access to adequate healthy foods.

The food grants program is funded with federal aid the county received from the American Rescue Plan Act and is being administered by CGP&H. Applications are now being accepted and awards will be made on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.

The commissioners appropriated $1 million for the program. Grants can be used to purchase and distribute food or acquire or upgrade equipment such as stoves, freezers, coolers and shelving.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant can request an application by emailing BurlCoFood@cgph.net or by calling (609) 795-2503.

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