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Grants for Food and Hunger Relief

Thu, Oct 1, 2015 @ 10:10 AM / by Michelle Hansen

food-1No one should go without the basic need of food. Yet every day children go to school hungry, and parents skip meals so their children can eat. Organizations throughout the United States are working to make sure all individuals know where their next meal is coming from. To help achieve that goal, we have selected some grants that fund programs related to hunger relief and food.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s focus is helping organizations that address basic human needs, such as hunger. Non-profit organizations that provide access to vital food supplies and services to feed individuals, children, and families are eligible to apply. Examples of these include: food pantries, after-school feeding and nutrition programs, food stamp programs, or child backpack programs. A special consideration is given to those organizations that focus on the immediate challenges of food access and connect the people they serve to supportive services and economic livelihood programs that help toward financial stability. The application period for this focus area ended in August. However, it’s not too early to start preparing for the 2016 request for proposals. This is an annual competitive grant program.

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless

This grant program awards $5,000 grants to organizations focused on raising awareness of hunger and homeless issues. The grants are to be used for sponsorship of educational events, conferences, or community forums. Fundraising events are not eligible. Eligible agencies must be non-profit and must serve hungry or homeless people as their primary function. Events scheduled between May 1 and Oct. 31 should apply by Feb. 1. Events between Nov. 1 and Apr. 30 should apply by Aug. 1.

Jewel-Osco Foundation

The grocery store chain focuses on several areas of hunger and nutrition for its grant program. The grant program referenced here supports non-profit organizations aimed at ending hunger relief, either by food distribution or hunger relief programming. Grants are also awarded to entities that provide nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet. All grants must be submitted online and can be submitted at any time during the year.

The Kroger Co. Foundation

Non-profit organizationslocated where Kroger has operations are eligible to apply for this grant program. The foundation has seven different area of interests including local hunger relief organizations. Organizations that are hoping to fund a project with a strong base of community support will receive priority.

Insider tip: The Kroger Co. Foundation is unique in that it does not have a formal application process nor a team that analyzes/awards the grants. The foundation relies solely on the management of Kroger operating units to make recommendations for funding requests. Therefore, building a positive relationship with your local Kroger management team would be a good first step toward getting your hunger project funded.


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Topics: food grants, food program grants, hunger, food insecurity, hunger prevention grants, hunger relief

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