One in six children struggles with hunger in America. Organizations are trying to curb childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfasts and increased access to fruits and vegetables during the school day. Below are some grants that can assist in making sure no child goes hungry.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers this competitive grant program for state agencies to implement and evaluate nutrition education, training, and technical assistance activities to support implementation of USDA nutrition standards for meals and snacks offered through the Child Nutrition Programs. State agencies that administer the Child Nutrition Programs are eligible to apply. Grants of up to $500,000 may be requested. Deadline for application is May 22.
Pinnacle Food Services wants to ensure every child has access to the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to implement ideas for breakfast programs. K-12 public and private schools or districts that participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program are eligible to apply. Schools must also have a reimbursable breakfast average daily participation of less than 40% to apply. Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.
How would you like a new salad bar in your school? This grant program, launched in 2010 as a partnership among several organizations, aims to get more fruits and vegetables in schools by providing a full salad bar and related equipment. Any school, public or private, participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply for the grant. The 6-foot, five-well salad bar package is for locations that serve at least 100 reimbursable meals daily. Schools can help themselves with this grant as, once accepted, they will be listed on a donation page on this website. While waiting for more grant funding to be available, schools can receive donations to help reach their goal of getting a salad bar faster. It can take up to 12 months for a salad bar(s) to be fully funded depending on the number of schools waiting in the queue. Applications are accepted on a year-round basis.
Skoop and the Chef Ann Foundation have teamed up to offer Project Produce grants, a way to get fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nutrition education in schools. Grants total $2,500 and must be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. Schools with a 50% or higher participation in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program are strongly encouraged to apply. Currently this program is not accepting applications as it searches for more funding. Despite that, we felt this program was worthwhile enough to highlight and get on your radar. Check back on the website often for updates on when applications will be accepted again.
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