The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry (DACF) has allocated $2M in federal CARES Act funding for its Food Security Network Reimbursement Program, and was approved for extension into 2021. The program is offering up to $10,000 in reimbursements to food banks and pantries that have accrued new, unanticipated expenses while working to overcome food supply and distribution challenges caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
This program is being administered by Catholic Charities Maine on behalf of DACF.
The Food Security Network Reimbursement Program was created to help support Maine food security organizations as they address supply chain disruptions, food storage and distribution infrastructure limitations, and public health and safety challenges – all in direct response to the pandemic.
This funding can be used to reimburse equipment purchases, capital projects/improvements, and other eligible costs (see Eligible Activities & Expenses section in Guidelines below) incurred between March 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021. Reimbursement will be retroactively applied to those costs (up to $10,000).
Applicants who received funding under this program in Phase 1 (December 2020) may be eligible to submit an amended application for new/additional expenses incurred during the expanded time frame if previous reimbursements received totaled less than the $10,000 cap.
Applicants will be asked to upload official receipts or invoices demonstrating eligible expenses within the covered time period. The application deadline is April 16th, 2021 (5:00 PM EST).