Allegheny County, PA – December 19, 2019 – Today, Senator Pam Iovino (D – Allegheny & Washington) announced two separate state grants that will improve opportunity for young people and families in and around the 37th Senatorial District.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (GPCFB), which operates 16 locations in the 37th Senatorial District, received $1,039,517 in tax credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program’s (NAP) Charitable Food Program. These NAP tax credits can be claimed by those who donate to the GPCFB, incentivizing monetary and food donations that feed and support families experiencing food insecurity in GPCFB’s 11-county service area.

Holy Family Institute (HFI) Nazareth Prep High School, located in Emsworth Borough in the 37th Senatorial District, will receive $200,000 through Pennsylvania’s Training-to-Career program, a workforce development initiative that partners with local companies to train workers. The grant will allow HFI to continue pairing students with internships and pre-apprenticeships in local manufacturing companies for all four years of high school, providing students with job-ready skills and workplace experience. HFI’s internship program also places students in jobs outside the manufacturing field.  

“Creating new opportunity for families can take many different forms – whether by helping young people obtain experience that will qualify them for skilled jobs in manufacturing, or by making sure parents don’t have to worry about putting food on the table and can focus on other priorities,” said Senator Pam Iovino. “These grants will help build a better future for our families, and I appreciate Governor Wolf and his administration’s commitment to investing in working families.”

“The Pittsburgh region’s manufacturing industry has a rich history and offers a bright future for the young people of southwestern Pennsylvania. With this funding we will grow the number of manufacturing partners in our pre-apprenticeship and internship programs,” said Holy Family Institute and Nazareth Prep Executive Vice President and COO Michael Sexauer. “We listened to students and their families who want to explore options outside of college enrollment. Whether they are preparing to step right into a good-paying job or to better handle college-level work, this funding will support training and education to best prepare them for future opportunities.”

“We work with a dozen farm and retail partners who have committed to donating more than 2.3 million pounds of food through this fiscal year, along with corporate partners who provide financial resources to continue our charitable food work. This tax credit gives these partners an incentive for their work that is critical to ending food insecurity in southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Lisa Scales, President & CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

The Neighborhood Assistance Program encourages private sector investment into projects that will help improve distressed communities by providing tax credits to businesses that donate capital to support projects that address neighborhood and community problems. NAP can be used for projects in categories including affordable housing, community services, crime prevention, education, job training, charitable food, blight, special population issues, veteran’s initiatives, and long-term community revitalization. The program has five main components: The Neighborhood Assistance Program, Special Program Priorities, the Neighborhood Partnership Program, the Charitable Food Program, and the Enterprise Zone Program.

The Training-to-Career Program, part of the Manufacturing PA initiative, supports projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement, or the advancement of manufacturing. It works collaboratively with local companies to identify and train a skilled workforce while creating a workplace culture that allows the workforce to advance and the company to grow and compete in a competitive, global economy.