Six area small meat and poultry processors were among 20 across the state to receive part of $1.58 million in grants to help build capacity to meet the demand for local foods.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook was in Dillsburg, York County Wednesday to announce the recipients of the 2022-23 Very Small Meat and Poultry Processors Reimbursement Grants which were created under the state Farm Bill in 2019.
“This crucial grant helps small processors feed local demand,” said Cook. “We saw vividly during the pandemic that shorter supply chains not only give customers the local products they crave, but help small producers beef up their bottom lines and stay in business when large, multi-state operations may struggle.”
The announcement was made at Cabin Hollow Butcher Shop in Dillsburg, with owner and president Darryl Jones accepting a $100,000 grant. Since its inception, the Very Small Meat and Poultry Processors Grant has reimbursed $2 million to support the expansion of 35 businesses.
This is the fourth year the grant has been offered through the efforts of the Wolf Administration and the General Assembly in creating the first-in-the-nation state Farm Bill.
“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been buying more food to keep at home, which has created large backlogs of jobs for processors like us,” said Jones. “Through the grant, our facility can purchase high-efficient equipment that will increase production by 500%, shortening wait times, serving more customers, and allowing us to share more with our community.”
“In times of hardship, we turn to partnerships, including charitable food organizations like our Feeding Pennsylvania partners, to sustain us and see us through. With grants like the Very Small Meat and Poultry Processors Grant, we’re building a firm bedrock to support our communities and commonwealth for the future,” Cook said.
Following are the local grant recipients, by county and amount received:
Chapel Ford Farm, $99,300
Rettland Farm LLC, $100,000
Route 174 Roadside Market, $39,000
Lehigh Valley Meats, $100,000
Slate Belt Butchery, $43,000
Cabin Hollow Butcher Shop Inc, DBA Warrington Farm Meats, $100,000