Carlisle-based The Giant Company announced it will award $500,000 in grants to 110 small businesses across the state to support Pennsylvania’s food supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The emergency grant program, part of a partnership between Giant and Harrisburg-based non-profit Team Pennsylvania, was first revealed in April and was originally planned to total $250,000.
Giant said on Monday that it decided to double the funds in the program after receiving hundreds of applications.
“Reviewing more than 500 applications from small businesses across the Commonwealth confirmed what we knew in our hearts: that the pandemic is having a devastating impact on our small business community,” said Nicholas Bertram, president of The Giant Company.
The grants range from $2,500 to $15,000, with more than half going to PA Preferred companies and special designations such as LGBT-owned, veteran-owned or USDA defined socially disadvantaged.
The range of businesses were chosen to represent multiple areas of the food supply chain from orchards and produce farms to craft breweries and coffee roasters.
Recipients of the grants include:
· Allegheny Yogurt, Mohnton
· Asher’s Chocolate Co., Souderton
· Clear Spring Farm LLC, Easton
· David W. Pool—Fantasyland Holsteins, Robesonia
· Excelsior Farm, Schnecksville
· Franklin Hill Vineyards, Inc., Bangor
· Funk Brewing Company, Emmaus
· Isabelle’s Kitchen Inc., Harleysville
· Josie Porter Farm, Stroundsburg
· MicroValley Farms, Hellertown
· Miller Charm Farm LLC, Tamaqua
· The Nesting Box LLC, Kempton
· One Village Coffee, Souderton
· SBK dba Small Batch Kitchen, Harleysville
· Someday Farms LLC, Salisbury