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PPE funding available to Pennsylvania meat processors

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MONEY FOR PPE: Meat processors in Pennsylvania can get reimbursed for PPE they’ve had to purchase to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reimbursement is on a first-come, first-serve basis for materials purchased between Feb. 19 and May 18.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and PennAg Industries have announced that $280,000 is available to Pennsylvania’s poultry, swine, lamb, goat and sheep processors to reimburse costs associated with the purchase of personal protective equipment for their workforce through the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence.

“Nearly one year ago, Gov. [Tom] Wolf signed our first-ever PA Farm Bill, a comprehensive package of legislation that he had the foresight to propose that includes the opportunity to provide resources to safeguard the health of our industry and our most valuable asset, our workforce,” says Russell Redding, ag secretary.

The PPE Reimbursement Program is available to any processor or support service of poultry, swine, lamb, goats and sheep that’s had to purchase PPE to protect their workforce from COVID-19 between Feb. 19 and May 18 and can produce a paid receipt for the product.

Applicants can receive up to $16,000 in the following three categories:

  • Up to $1,000 for bilingual training materials and signage
  • Up to $5,000 for prevention and surveillance tools, such as thermometers
  • Up to $10,000 for PPE and sanitation materials, including masks, coveralls, gloves, face shields, hand sanitizer and cleaning products

“Pennsylvania agriculture has rolled up their sleeves and worked overtime to ensure food reaches your table. Those in the industry need personal protective equipment, just like the rest of Pennsylvania’s frontline workers,” says Chris Herr, executive vice president of PennAg. “This PPE reimbursement program is our ‘thank you.’”

Producers interested in applying for reimbursement should complete the application and submit it, along with copies of receipts, to the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence at Questions about the program or application should be directed to Jennifer Reed-Harry at Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis until June 12, or until funds are exhausted.

For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania, visit For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit

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