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April 13, 2023
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NJEDA to Host Information Webinar on Food Retail Innovation in Delivery Grant Program Ahead of Application Launch


FRIDG program will provide grants to food retailers to expand food access to residents in Food Desert Communities

TRENTON, N.J. (April 13, 2023) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) will host a webinar to discuss the application process for the Food Retail Innovation in Delivery Grant (FRIDG) program on Friday, April 21 at 2:00 PM. The FRIDG program will provide grants to food retailers to purchase and install self-contained, temperature-controlled lockers within NJEDA-designated Food Desert Communities (FDCs) to expand grocery delivery options, improving food access for FDC residents. The application for the program is expected to open later this month.

Through FRIDG, food retailers can receive up to $250,000 in funding to purchase and install self-contained, temperature-controlled lockers in one of the state’s 50 designated FDCs, where residents can then have their online grocery orders delivered. For those lacking a reliable delivery location due to housing insecurity or unpredictable work schedules, the FRIDG lockers will provide FDC residents with a safe, convenient location where their grocery orders – including produce, meat, and dairy – will stay fresh until retrieved. Bonuses are available to food retailers that place their lockers in one of the FDCs ranked in the top 10 statewide, partner with a community-based organization to locate their locker onsite, and/or waive some or all delivery fees to the locker.

The webinar is scheduled 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 21. Those interested can register for the webinar here.

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit https://www.njeda.gov and follow @NewJerseyEDA on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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