The New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced yesterday it will provide $2 million in grant funding for use by local food pantries and emergency food relief organizations.
The grants will also be used to help local municipalities reduce their land-filling of food waste and increase their food waste recycling.
From the official press release:
“Not-for-profit emergency food relief organizations are eligible to receive funding to increase the availability of wholesome food to those in need, including the purchase of equipment such as refrigerators for fruits and vegetables and staff expenses that result in increased collection and distribution of food. Municipalities are eligible for funds to promote the reduction of wasted food, increase food donation efforts, and for increased food scraps recycling through the construction of composting facilities or other means.”
An estimated 40 percent of the food produced in the United States goes uneaten, while about 2.5 million New Yorkers are currently food insecure