Governor Janet Mills and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Commissioner Amanda Beal announced that the Administration is committing $2 million in federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) to DACF's Food Security Network Reimbursement Program.
The program, which will be administered by Catholic Charities Maine on behalf of DACF, offers up to $10,000 in reimbursements to food banks and pantries that have accrued unanticipated expenses while working to overcome food supply and distribution challenges caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funding will help Maine food security organizations address supply chain disruptions, food storage, distribution infrastructure limitations, and public health and safety challenges all in direct response to the pandemic.
Complete CARES Act Food Security Network Reimbursement Program (CFDA# 21.019) information is available on Catholics Charities Maine Grant Programs webpage.
This funding can be used to reimburse equipment purchases, capital projects/improvements, and other eligible costs incurred between March 1, 2020, and December 18, 2020.
The application deadline is December 18, 2020, and funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants.
Please contact Daniel J. Bazemore, CFO of Catholic Charities Maine, at [email protected] with questions or for additional information.