Food pantries, churches, feeding programs and other nonprofit organizations may be eligible for a grant to increase the recovery of surplus edible food.
In Thurston County, 26,850 tons of food were thrown away in 2014, the largest single element in the trash, according to a news release from Thurston County Solid Waste.
A grant for a similar program in 2013 allowed the Thurston County Food Bank to purchase a refrigerated truck and renovate its kitchen, resulting in 33,000 ready-to-eat meals.
This year, $230,000 is available for equipment purchases or facility or vehicle modifications. No matching funds are required. The project is funded by a grant from the state Department of Ecology with a 25 percent match from Solid Waste.
Grant proposals are due Dec. 18. Information: WasteLessFood.com/FoodGrant, or contact Peter Buttchen, 360-867-2283, or firstname.lastname@example.org.