Rockland County Launches ARPA Grant to Enhance Food Security for Nonprofits

County Executive Ed Day and County Legislature Chairman Jay Hood Jr. have unveiled a new initiative aimed at supporting non-profit organizations. The Food Security Equipment Reimbursement Grant, funded by $500,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), aims to fortify the infrastructure of community pantries.

This grant program targets Rockland County-based nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) status, excluding higher education and healthcare facilities, that have experienced revenue decreases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative seeks to alleviate financial burdens on these organizations by offering individual reimbursement grants of up to $20,000.

The funds are designated to cover expenses related to pantry infrastructure enhancement, facilitating capacity building to better serve local communities. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to freezers, refrigerators, shelving, insulated storage sheds, and pantry-related software. Additionally, equipment such as liftgates, forklifts, pallet jacks, hand carts, tents, tables, and outdoor heaters are also covered under the grant.

Applicants can seek reimbursement for expenses incurred from January 1, 2024, onwards until the application period closes on May 31, 2024. Nonprofits interested in applying for the grant or seeking further information can download the application from the county’s website. Additionally, inquiries can be directed to the ARPA Department via email at ARPA@co.rockland.ny.us or by phone at 845-364-2027.

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