St. Juan Diego Food Pantry Receives Funds

From article written by Tawnya Panizzi of TribLive:

St. Juan Diego food pantry in Sharpsburg is among three local groups that will split $1 million in emergency federal funding awarded Tuesday. Others to earn help include 412 Food Rescue and Earthen Vessel.

Money is expected to help food banks during the extended coronavirus pandemic.

In a release issued Tuesday, state Rep. Sara Innamorato said the outbreak has not only threatened the physical health of our communities but has pushed social programs which are already underfunded and hobbled to the breaking point.

“That is why it is critical that we get resources to the people and organizations that need them the most, like our community food partners,” Innamorato said. “Programs like this are swiftly routing our federal aid to our community partners, nonprofits, families and small businesses where it can do the most good.”

St. Vincent de Paul food pantry is housed in St. Mary Church, part of S. Juan Diego Parish, along Garnier Street. It serves people in the Fox Chapel Area School District, with distribution hours from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

More than 150 families are served each month.

The grant will allow it and other food banks, shelters and soup kitchens to cover the costs of equipment purchases necessary to prepare, transport and store items for distribution.

There has been an increased demand on food hand-outs related to covid-19, so much so that it calls for immediate expanded space for storage and preparation.

Patrick McConnell, DEP secretary, said the goal of Gov. Tom Wolf’s expanded Food Recovery Infrastructure grant was to get money out quickly to the people that could do the most help.

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