PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of farms and other businesses in Maine are set to receive another $18 million in federal coronavirus relief aid.
The money is going to reimburse farmers, food processors, food banks and pantries for expenses associated with the pandemic, the office of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said. The grants are going to a total of 609 businesses, the governor’s office said.
The grants reflect the fact that many food businesses in the state “pivoted their production and distribution models to continue operations and keep employees, volunteers, and customers safe,” Maine Department of Conservation, Agriculture & Forestry Commissioner Amanda Beal said.
Some companies in the state have reported losing 80% or more of their food service business during the pandemic.
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