Food program receives $185,000 grant

BELLWOOD — The Door Student Services, headquartered in Bellwood, has received a $185,000 grant from the Food Recovery Infrastructure grant program.

The grant will be used to purchase a 26-foot refrigerated box truck with a powered lift gate and a 10-by-16-foot outdoor freezer.

“This equipment will enable us to be a hub for food donations for our programs and our partner programs. It will also increase the amount of food we can effectively store and distribute to people in need while also reducing food waste. We thank our governor and the helpful staff from their offices for guiding us through the process leading to this grant award,” Director David Taylor said in a statement.

Through its partner programs, The Door Student Services has received and distributed over $600,000 in donated food in the past year. The Walmart Distribution Center in Bedford has been the primary supplier. The Door has also had product contributions from Sheetz, HFX Hoss’s Restaurant Corp., U.S. Foods, Bimbo Bakery, Sam’s Club Altoona, Panera Bread and others.

“This distribution is a significant effort because we have very limited cold storage and must distribute food rapidly. We also have to rent trucks to pick up and deliver food,” Taylor said.

The Door serves meals and takeout food every weekday at its Bellwood and North East locations.

“We also feed our residents at our LionHeart home daily. Our primary partner in food distribution is The Reapers Feeding Ministry at First Baptist Church in Altoona,” Taylor said. “We also collaborate with the North East Food Pantry and share food with many local ministries in Blair County.”


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