SAULT STE. MARIE -- The Province is investing $150,000 into the United Way’s Harvest Algoma Food Resource Centre.

United Way of Sault Ste. Marie says the investment will be used to purchase 3 new vehicles, a forklift, and two greenhouses.

"We really need to increase the percentage of really health food that we distribute,” said Gary Vipond, CEO for United Way Sault Ste. Marie.

"We can only do that by controlling the food that comes in, so these greenhouses will have a big impact on our future."

Sault Ste. Marie MPP, Ross Romano announced the funding Friday morning at the resource centre.

"Nobody wants a hand down, they want a hand up," Romano said.

"If we can help them meet that basic need and help them ensure that they’re getting the food, they can start focusing on things that they want to be able to pursue."

The grant is being administered through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Vipond expects construction on the greenhouses to be completed by spring.