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Simitian, county offer grants for charitable meal preparation

The Santa Clara County Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency charitable feeding pilot program is accepting grant applications through March 18. The grants are designed to alleviate some of the costs for using permitted commercial kitchens for nonprofit organizations that prepare meals. 

Grants will be awarded for up to $1,000 to organizations to pay for costs associated with renting a permitted commercial kitchen in Santa Clara County for preparing charitable meals.

Many organizations that prepare charitable meals do not own or have access to permitted commercial kitchens, which can result in operating out of compliance with state law, significantly limiting the type of food they are able to serve, or spending significant resources to redesign an existing kitchen or rent a permitted facility.

In an effort to meet the basic needs of the food-insecure residents, the county’s pilot program provides funding for nonprofit organizations to rent space for meal preparation in properly permitted commercial kitchens. 

“Food safety is an absolute essential. I get that,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, who championed the program. “But changes in state law in recent years have precluded well-intentioned nonprofits from providing a healthy, hot meal to people who need it. ... That’s why I’m so pleased we’re making these mini-grants available.”

For applications and more information, visit sccgov.org/sites/cepa/Pages/cepa.aspx.

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