(The Mercury) The Giant Company, in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, will award $300,000 in grants to projects aimed at food waste prevention, reduction and recovery.
The grants will be awarded as part of the grocery chain’s Healing the Planet grant program. Applications are being accepted online for projects across Giant’s operating area in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. Grant amounts of $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 are available.
“As a grocer, we are tackling the issue of food waste in our operations every day,” Jessica Groves, company community impact manager, said in a statement. “Understanding that we all can make changes to divert food waste for our landfills, this year we are focusing on projects which specifically take steps to address this issue.”
Applications for the 2023 Healing the Planet grant program are being accepted online through April 13, via the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. To be eligible, a project must be shovel ready with any required permits already secured, according to information on the program website.
Projects must address food waste prevention, reduction and/or recovery, and can include community composting, increased access to compost for agricultural producers, educational programs regarding food waste prevention, reduction and recovery and diversion of food waste from landfills, according to a press release.