Food pantries might be the organizations that require the most diverse resources to function properly. We get requests from agencies to find grants for everything from actual food to gardens for growing food to new buildings to kitchen equipment. An additional layer that increases the variety of grant funding needed is that some food banks provide non-perishable food, some provide hot meals, and some provide both. Thus, while the specific needs of food pantries vary widely, their general need is consistently great. According to the USDA, 1 in 6 people in America face hunger. Below we have gathered some grants to help fill some of these great needs.
According to Feeding America, 42.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households in 2015. These households included 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children. Without food pantries, many of our neighbors would be without a source for food. Those who operate food pantries are aware of the need and are struggling to meet that need. Here are some funding sources and food sources for food pantries.