In early April of this year, we published a blog about Grants for Nutrition Education. But there’s much more to the field of food and nutrition grants. Check out these top five most common food and nutrition grant categories, with funding opportunities included for each category.
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#1: Food Bank Grants
While most people in the United States are aware of hunger problems in other parts of the world, many Americans would be shocked to learn that 1 in 7 people in the U.S. rely on food banks to help meet their nutritional needs (USA Today, 2014). Due to this demand, food banks are in near-constant need of additional food and other resources. Luckily, grants for food banks are probably the most common type of food and nutrition grant available, with funding opportunities offered by governmental entities, private foundations, and businesses. The Bank of America Hunger Relief Program, USDA Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program, and hunger-related grants from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation are just three examples of the many grants available for food banks.
#2: Child Hunger and Nutrition Grants
According to the child nutrition activism group No Kid Hungry, “more than 13 million children in the United States live in ‘food-insecure’ homes” (2018). While food banks are one avenue for helping hungry children, many schools and community organizations also offer programs, resources, and education to help families provide consistent, healthy food for their children. For instance, the Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Grant Program helps schools provide local, healthy foods to students in need, and No Kid Hungry’s Share Our Strength grants provide funding for educational programs that help struggling families budget optimally so they can provide food for their children.
#3: Agricultural Production Grants
When thinking about ways to help fight hunger, people often don’t consider the most basic, initial step needed for food security: ensuring that farms can afford to produce foods for people to eat. Recently, many American farmers have struggled to stay afloat. In response, there has been a rise in agricultural production grants available to farmers, especially grants provided by governmental agencies. The USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants and Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative are two such examples. Another organization that provides grants for farms is A Well-fed World, which offers funding for food security research, vegan organic (or “veganic”) farming initiatives, and other agricultural production projects.
#4: Farm-to-Table Initiative Grants
The increase in farm-to-table cooperatives, stores, and restaurants across the U.S. attests to Americans’ growing desire for healthier, farm-fresh foods. But affording such healthy foods is especially difficult for food-insecure individuals and families. To help ensure that hungry Americans have access to healthier foods, some grantmaking organizations have stepped up to support programs that provide fresh, nutritious options for those struggling with food security. For instance, Conagra's food grants support programs that help provide hungry individuals not with just any food, but with “access to the food they need to reach their full potential.” While grants for farm-to-table programs for the hungry are not currently quite as common as grants for other nutrition-related categories, America’s continued focus on reducing obesity rates and reconnecting people with farm-fresh foods will likely cause grants in this area to increase in the future.
#5: Home-Delivered Meal Grant Programs
Senior citizens and people who are homebound are two more U.S. populations that are particularly vulnerable to hunger issues. Financial constraints, physical ailments, and lack of transportation are just a few of the issues common among older and homebound adults that lead to food insecurity. To support these groups in need, many community organizations around the country provide home-delivered meal service to senior citizens and/or people who are homebound. While there are some governmental grant programs to help fund meal delivery initiatives, many businesses have also stepped up to provide grants in this area. Ameriprise and Walmart are two such examples.
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