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Release No. 0475.10
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USDA Awards Grants to Support the Nation's Emergency Feeding Network

Investments to Expand Capacity and Infrastructure of Food Assistance Providers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced grant awards supporting food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens to improve and expand their capacity and infrastructure. Awards totaling approximately $6 million and funded through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Infrastructure Grant program, will help the Nation's emergency feeding network meet the needs of the increasing numbers of people turning to food pantries and soup kitchens to feed their families in these tough economic times.

"Organizations like food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens are critical to ensuring that the most vulnerable Americans have access to quality, nutritious foods, especially during difficult economic times," said Vilsack. "With the help of these grants, many of the recipient organizations will be able help more individuals and families to access healthy food."

Nearly $3.3 million will be awarded to 19 organizations in 17 states which primarily serve rural areas. The remaining funds will be awarded to another 20 organizations in 15 states that serve a mix of rural, suburban, and urban communities.

"These funds will help serve needy families, increase the availability of healthy foods, and enable awardees to store, transport and distribute these foods safely and more efficiently," said USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Under Secretary, Kevin Concannon

TEFAP, administered by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), provides food to States and organizations that provide food assistance to needy families across the country. Food assistance comes in the forms of prepared meals and food for preparation at home. FNS also provides administrative funds to support the storage and distribution of donated foods.

The emergency food organizations selected include:

Food Bank of Alaska Alaska $95,600

California Emergency Foodlink California $250,000

Costilla County Colorado $250,000

Treasure Coast Food Bank Florida $100,000

Southwest George Community Action Georgia $58,556

God's Pantry Food Bank Kentucky $250,000

Purchase Area Development District Kentucky $164,476

Human Development Commission Michigan $65,000

Benton County Human Service Council Missouri $83,409

Montana Food Bank Network Montana $250,000

Goldenrod Hills Community Action, Nebraska $87,372

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina North Carolina $250,000

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Oklahoma $250,000

Oregon Coast Community Action Oregon $250,000

Center for Family Services Pennsylvania $67,417

South Texas Food Bank Texas $245,385

Central Wisconsin Community Action Council Wisconsin $243,460

Indianhead Community Action Agency Wisconsin $199,233

Huntington Area Food Bank West Virginia $110,000

The emergency food organizations selected for the remaining grants include:

Chandler Christian Community Center Arizona $87,141

Food Bank of Larimer County Colorado $72,317

Jeffco Action Center Colorado $103,163

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Florida $99,500

We Care Food Pantry Florida $100,000

Eastern Illinois Food Bank Illinois $114,201

Hoosier Hills Food Bank Inc. Indiana $112,199

FCS Food Pantry, Food Security Maine $214,500

Mississippi Food Network, Inc. Mississippi $94,162

Ozarks Food Harvest, Inc. Missouri $100,401

Red Star Baptist Church Missouri $73,881

The Storehouse, Inc. New Mexico $249,550

Church of St. Francis Xavier New York $70,129

Yamhill Community Action Partnership Oregon $115,000

Chester Eastside Ministries Pennsylvania $50,282

Fayette County Community Action Pennsylvania $250,000

Houston Food Bank Texas $204,200

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Virginia $180,500

Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia Virginia $145,000

Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin Wisconsin $250,000

More information on TEFAP can be found at


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