According to FeedingAmerica.org, over 50 million people in America experience hunger. That equates to 1 in 6 of all the United States population and more than 1 in 5 children. At the start of summer, food programs across the nation are set up to feed children who would otherwise not receive the healthy meals they have access to while school is in session.
TheGrantHelpers.com has recently received a number of requests related to grants and resources for food banks, food hubs, and other food- or hunger-related causes. In this blog, we provide some statistics and information about hunger in the U.S., some foundations that give grants for hunger relief, and resources for learning more about hunger relief efforts. The information in this blog is a very small snapshot of the various facts, grants, and resources associated with food programs, hunger relief, and food insecurity. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance in finding more grants or resources.
From 2002-2012, the U.S. national average of household food insecurity rates was 14.7%. However, ten states had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average, including the following:
- Mississippi (20.9%)
- Arkansas (19.7%)
- Texas (18.4%)
- Alabama (17.9%)
- North Carolina (17.0%)
- Georgia (16.9%)
- Missouri (16.7%)
- Nevada (16.6%)
- Ohio (16.1%)
- California (15.6%)
Food insecurity can lead to:
- poor physical and mental health conditions, as the lack of healthy food results in people receiving fewer nutrients.
- an increased risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular complications, and/or a higher risk of disease in general.
- lower scores on physical and mental health exams.
- (in pregnant women) complications during birth, babies with lower birth weights, and babies with delayed development or learning difficulties in the first two years of life.
- lower than average academic performance among children who experience food insecurity (when compared to peers who do not experience food insecurities).
Grants and Funding
As a note, some of the foundations and programs below partner with FeedingAmerica.org. FeedingAmerica.org can assist food and hunger relief programs by connecting them with members of the FeedingAmerica.org network to help them receive food from member agencies.
Walmart launched its “Fighting Hunger Together” campaign in 2010, and it has promised $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S.
In 2013, Bank of America’s Hunger Relief Program donated over $12.9 million to more than 864 hunger relief organizations.
The McCormick Foundation funds programs such as food banks, childhood hunger relief efforts, and nutrition education.
The Land O’Lakes Foundation has awarded about $14 million in grants since 1997, some of which have gone towards organizations dedicated to hunger relief, education, and community.
Among the areas of the Safeway Foundation’s areas of interest are health and human services, hunger relief, and education.
Tyson Foods’ Hunger Program Grants provides support to food banks, community programs, and more. Since 2000, the program has provided more than 95 million pounds of food, or 383 million meals, to help with hunger and disaster relief.
In addition to the statistics and information we listed above, the following websites are additional places that may be of assistance when trying to learn more about food insecurity, hunger relief, and similar topics.
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), list of Hunger Relief Organizations
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- World Food Programme (WFP) 2013 Hunger Map
- World Hunger Relief, Inc.
Previous blog articles by TheGrantHelpers.com:
- Opportunities for Food Grants: Funding to End Hunger
- Nutrition and Fitness for Kids
- Grants as American as Apple Pie
- Grant Giving Corporations are Making an Impact on Communities
TheGrantHelpers.com has an expert staff with experience in helping organizations in their hunger relief efforts. Please do not hesitate to request a free consultation with one of our specialists. We can help you get on the fast track to find funding for your important cause.
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