By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is distributing 7.9 million pounds of food to food banks.READ MORE: Retired Ohio Sheriff And Tiny K-9 Partner Die On Same Day
Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced Friday that the department purchased an additional $12.9 million worth of U.S. Department of Agriculture Foods through the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
The department says the supplemental federal funds have been used to purchase more than 7.9 million pounds of food to be delivered between June and December.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Public Schools Announces 'Summer B.O.O.S.T.' Program To Address Pandemic Learning Gap
In 2020, the Department of Agriculture distributed about 70 million pounds of USDA Foods, compared to the usual yearly average of 23 million.
“While we’re actively getting Pennsylvanians back to work as the pandemic slows, many are still recovering from severe economic stress which has in turn stressed our charitable food system,” said Redding in a press release.MORE NEWS: Westmoreland County Doctor Explains What Happens To Unused Coronavirus Vaccine Doses
“These federal funds are allowing us to increase the flow of food to food banks across the commonwealth as they work to continue meeting unprecedented demand.”