Charity Receives State Grant To Expand Food Distribution

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Easton-based Society of St. Vincent de Paul recently was awarded a grant from the Maryland Department of Human Services, Family Investment Administration, Bureau of Special Grants as part of its Statewide Nutrition Assistance Equipment Program (SNAEP).

Volunteers Gary Interdonoto, forklift trainer, Dylan Christopherson (Sts. Peter Paul 12th grader) operating the fork lift and Matthew Lovell (Sts. Peter & Paul 9th grader) observing the training session.

The grant allowed the Society (SVdP) to purchase a Pallet Jack (fork lift), three platform carts, two sections of pallet racks and ten shelf trucks, plus install them. Total cost was $22,142.25 with $16,498.92 covered by the grant and $8,126.33 contributed by the Society.

The recently added commercial-level shelving will allow for expanded and more efficient storage of food for County-wide distribution. The forklift will be used to stack dry food products on the commercial shelving.

These additions will allow SVdP to keep up with the added demands put on its Center at Canvasback Drive in Easton. SVdP has become the food distribution center for a number of Talbot County- based food charities.

In 2017, SVdP provided food to an average of 523 Talbot County residents per week for a total value of $736,736 for the year. The Society also provided financial assistance to 1,773 people valued at $127,942 during 2017.

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