Pittsfield Public Schools awarded $106K grant to buy food delivery truck
Pittsfield Public Schools will receive £106,583 to buy a refrigerated food delivery truck through a state grant program that addresses food insecurity for Massachusetts residents. The truck will be used to deliver food to all 12 school kitchens in the district, according to a news release from Gov. Charlie Baker’s office.
The money is part of £5.9 million in grants that were announced Wednesday morning by the governor’s office. “As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to build on our efforts to secure a resilient, diverse local food supply chain so Massachusetts residents maintain access to fresh, healthy food,” Baker said in the release. “With this fourth round of grants, we will have awarded a total of £17.7 million, making critical investments in our local food infrastructure and ensuring a secure supply of food as residents across the Commonwealth adjust to the impacts of this unprecedented public health challenge.” The goal of the grant program is to ensure that individuals and families throughout the state have access to food.
It also aims to ensure that local food producers are strongly connected to a food system that can mitigate future supply and distribution issues.
Established in May, the Food Insecurity Infrastructure Grant Program is part of a £56 million investment by the Baker-Polito Administration to fight food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.