State’s disaster food distribution extended

From staff reports

The state Department of Agriculture has received approval to continue operating the Disaster Household Distribution program, through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, to provide food to Pennsylvanians affected by COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The program has been approved through June 25.

“This extension lifts a weight off the shoulders of families across the commonwealth, giving assurance that food is always accessible,” state Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding said in a news release.

The waiver eliminates the need for individuals to verify financial eligibility upon arrival at a food bank or pantry, according to the release.

In addition, the release said, the waiver allows the Department of Agriculture and its partners to distribute USDA Foods to those in need.