HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) announced that more than $150,000 in grants from the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program (PDIP) that will greatly benefit the 130th District were approved today.
The grants, $73,884 for Wholesome Dairy Farm in Douglasville to embark on the creation of sustainable packaging for their products and $80,813 for a statewide initiative by the Pennsylvania Cheese Guild to create Pennsylvania Cheese Week.
“Congratulations to Wholesome Dairy Farm for its excellent proposal to begin producing sustainable packaging on-site which will take more plastic out of our waste stream, give them a new environmentally-friendly product to market and bolster their bottom line,” Maloney said. “I also strongly supported the Pennsylvania Cheese Guild’s Cheese Week initiative as it will grow awareness and increase consumers for 130th District’s dairy producers and ancillary businesses such as feed, equipment and packaging.”
Wholesome Dairy Farm will use its grant to develop a milk protein and plant fiber-based packaging composite material that will be able to replace plastic as a dairy foods packaging material. The material will be renewable and biodegradable and safe. Research will begin with the development of the casein polymer and the selection of the plant fiber binder.
The grant for the Cheese Guild will allow the hiring of an event manager to coordinate communication and workflow between the PA Cheese Guild, local cheesemakers, related craft beverage producers and venue personnel for all Pennsylvania Cheese Month events. This project will also assist all guild members with obtaining their PA Preferred membership.
Representative David Maloney
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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