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DNR Food Storage Capacity Grant application period ends July 15

  • 7/9/2020 1:37:00 PM
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DES MOINES — Following a significant response in applications for its Food Storage Capacity grants, the DNR will close the grant application period on July 15. 

Funds have nearly been exhausted for the grant program, which helps organizations expand the storage and cold storage of donated food items for distribution to food insecure Iowans. 

“Response to this initial grant offering shows a real need facing food pantries and others as they redistribute food staples and fresh produce to Iowans in need,” said Jennifer Wright, Supervisor of DNR’s Financial and Business Assistance section. 

At this time, 23 awards have been approved for funding, totaling $133,608. Projects typically involve the purchase of cold storage (freezers and refrigerators) to reduce spoilage and increase the amount of perishables including fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, and eggs that can be stored and safely distributed to Iowa households and individuals. 

Future funding allocation to reopen the grant offering is being investigated. 

Questions regarding the Food Storage Capacity Grant offering should be directed to Tom Anderson at