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Food Distribution Storage and Site Improvement Program

Information on the Food Distribution Storage and Site Improvement Program

About the Program

The “Food Distribution Storage and Site Improvement Program” is a reimbursement program for COVID-19 related food distribution storage and site infrastructure expenses in 2020 and 2021, which have been incurred by New Hampshire food pantries, soup kitchens, and other providers that are either registered as partner agencies of the New Hampshire Food Bank, registered as charities with the Charitable Trusts Unit, or are owned or managed by a municipality.

The Food Distribution Storage and Site Improvement Program is intended to help improve food distribution storage and site infrastructure, including refrigerated and non-refrigerated vehicles and fixed site refrigerated and non-refrigerated storage facilities.

Additionally, the program will provide support to nonprofit entities registered as partner agencies with the New Hampshire Food Bank to cover the increased cost of food distributed to those partner agencies.

 

Dates & Timelines:

October 27, 2021 – Application Period Opens

November, 29, 2021 – Application Period Closes

 

Eligibility:

This program is for nonprofit New Hampshire food pantries, soup kitchens, and other providers that are either registered as partner agencies of the New Hampshire Food Bank, registered as charities with the Charitable Trusts Unit, or are owned or managed by a municipality.

Eligible infrastructure and equipment purchases will be allowed up to a $25,000 cap from a $2.2 million fund. Grants reimbursing for such purchases will be awarded on a pro-rata basis up to the cap after the application closes November 29.

Qualifying entities applying for reimbursement for the increased cost of food distribution will receive a pro-rata share of a $1 million fund after the application period closes on November 29.

 

How to Apply:

Applicants will be required to submit documentation of claimed expenses and/or increased cost of food distribution utilizing the GOFERR grant portal.

Applicants will need to use an internet browser such as Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or Google Chrome to complete the application. Internet Explorer will not work properly with this application.

The application must be completed and submitted utilizing the GOFERR grant portal by Monday, November 29, 2021, at 4:00 PM, including all supporting documentation.

For more information about the Food Distribution Storage and Site Improvement Program generally or the application, please email info@goferr.nh.gov.

 

How to Submit an Appeal:

GOFERR intends to use best efforts to provide Applicants with notice of the initial determination and amount of award, if any by December 3, 2021. Applicants will then have only until December 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm to contest the determination and submit an appeal. The shortened appeal period is required due the federal mandate that all CRF awards must be made no later than December 31, 2021.

Reasons to contest eligibility and/or award determinations are limited to the following:

  • If the determination was based on eligibility, provide an explanation and evidence to substantiate your claim about why your business is actually eligible for the program
  • If you are contesting the calculation of the award, provide an explanation and evidence supporting that the calculation of the award, based on the information submitted in the application, is in error
    • NOTE: If the error was in the applicant’s submission, only scriveners or obvious typographical errors can be corrected

The appeal request and evidence shall be submitted in writing electronically to “Appeal@goferr.nh.gov.” The appeal will be determined based on the written submission and documents in GOFERR’s possession. No hearing will be held.

Applicants will receive a notice of the determination on the appeal. No further appeal is allowed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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