Food Grants for Nonprofits
Food Grants for Nonprofits in the United States
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Atlanta Community Food Bank
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High Priority Programs
The highest priority partner agencies are food pantries, soup kitchens, and kids and senior programs that serve areas with the greatest need as determined by Feeding America and the U.S. Census. We consider additional partner agencies based on poverty statistics and avoiding duplication or effort of services in an area, as well as site visits and geographical assessments.
Hormel Foods Corporation
We are proud to support charitable organizations with donations in the communities where we operate.
Areas of Focus
Thank you for your interest in donations and work we do in our local communities. We give priority consideration for donations in the following areas, which we feel align most closely with our business initiatives:
- Our Charitable Trust Education Matching Gifts Program matches employee and retiree donations to eligible education institutions.
- We make product donations to food banks in or near our plant communities.
- Our Plant Community Donations Program provides grants to hunger-relief organizations chosen by employees at our plant locations.
- An annual discretionary budget for each plant location is administered by the plant manager and used for community-related activities.
- We make select product donations to local organizations for fundraising purposes. Requests with a company connection will be given priority and will be considered on an individual basis.
Lumpkin Family Foundation
NOTE: Please direct inquiries on the Good Food Policy Program to the Foundation's Program Officer.
Good Food Policy Program
The Lumpkin Family Foundation supports organizations working toward a more equitable, healthy, and environmentally sustainable food system. The Good Food Policy Program makes grants to advance policies that encourage and promote regenerative farming practices across the country.
We will support efforts aimed at federal policy changes, whether place-based and grass roots or top-down and national in approach. Informed by and connected to our local and regional programs, we will invite applications aligned with our vision and mission that offer opportunities for learning and strengthen grantee organizations, their networks, and the good food movement overall.
Focus of Support
- The focus of this program is on federal policy and advocacy, empowering organizations and people to affect their communities, and the food system. In particular, grantee efforts will:
- Align with the Foundation’s mission, especially in supporting people working together in collaborations across sectoral, organizational, or community boundaries.
- Use communication tools to change or create a new narrative that can be used to influence policymakers and broader public understanding of the issues.
- Empower citizens and a range of stakeholders at a grassroots level in equal fairness.
- Represent a judicious and effective allocation of resources (human and capital) that meets the Foundation’s particular needs and goals with the size of that investment.
Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition
Established in 2019, the Rooted in Evidence Food Bank Grant and Evaluation Program funds eligible food banks working to support innovative and dynamic programming to improve the health and dietary quality of emergency food recipients. In this new round of funding, a total of $100,000 will be awarded, in the form of four $25,000 grants. In addition, selected grantees will receive an evaluation designed by Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition in collaboration with grantee staff and volunteers, an added benefit worth approximately $25,000 per grant.
Unlike any other grant program, Rooted in Evidence is intended to provide visibility and measurable impact of programs that create lasting change within the food insecurity landscape. By providing food banks with the tools necessary to measure impact of their programs while simultaneously building capacity for measurement and evaluation, programs will be enhanced in order to maximize time, talent and resources to better benefit the communities served .Funding for this program is provided by the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition Foundation.
The Food Insecurity Landscape
Food insecurity is complicated.
It is the result of the convergence of a wide spectrum of socioeconomic and other factors. There continues to be a great need to research the upstream influences that cause food insecurity as well as innovative solutions to address this public health concern.
With nearly one in eight Americans classified as food insecure, most of us know someone who is struggling to put food on the table.
It overlaps with obesity and chronic disease.
Poor access to healthy foods leads to poor dietary quality, and that leads to the comorbidity of chronic diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and various forms of cancer.
It creates negative outcomes.
Food insecurity and poor dietary quality lead to cognition, learning and growth issues for children, as well as increased risk for chronic diseases among adults. In addition, households that struggle with food insecurity often have to make tradeoffs with other basic needs such as medical care, utilities or housing.
What We Aim to Fund
Since the focus of Rooted in Evidence is to enhance evaluation and dissemination capacity, we anticipate that food banks will allocate dedicated staff time for communication and collaboration with GSCN through in-person and virtual meetings, data collection and management activities, and reporting.
GSCN intends to fund innovative and dynamic programming and/or initiatives that seek to improve dietary quality among food pantry and food bank clients. These approaches could include existing or new/adapted programming that may include various:
- Settings and distribution sites (e.g., mobile or other “pop-up” pantries, college campuses, schools, traditional pantries, clinics).
- Components or levels of the emergency food system (e.g., distribution, procurement, food environment, client interactions to target knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors).
- Target populations (e.g., children, adults, families, seniors, college students, staff/volunteers, cancer survivors or other disease conditions, urban/rural).
What GSCN Will Provide
- Measurement and evaluation support (e.g., training, technical assistance, guidance, measures, data collection tools, analysis, interpretation of results, dissemination).
- Marketing expertise and resources (e.g., copywriting, logos, strategy, and technical assistance to develop story ideas/pitching to media, slide decks, infographics, social media activity).
- Coordination of Institutional Review Board (IRB) application. This will ensure that results from the funded projects will follow ethics guidelines and be eligible for publication and other dissemination.
- Contribution to manuscript preparation through review and co-authorship.
What Food Bank Grantees Will Provide
- Staff or volunteer time for data collection on your proposed project and coordination with GSCN.
- Staff time for coordination with the GSCN marketing team and provision of requested materials.
- Coordinate with GSCN staff for Institutional Review Board application. This may require research ethics and compliance training for those involved with data collection.
- Development of peer-reviewed manuscript(s) reporting key findings from grantees’ projects.
There will be the opportunity beyond grant terms for scientific and other broader field dissemination of results through publications, presentations at conferences, etc. Grantees can help serve as “ambassadors” for their programs, extending the reach of funded programming for a larger impact. (There may be an opportunity for some funding to support these activities.)
Conagra Brands Foundation
NOTE: Nonprofit organizations based in the USA are eligible to submit one online Letter of Intent (LOI) between December 1 and the deadline above. The Foundation reviews LOIs on a rolling basis.
Conagra Brands Foundation
We believe everyone has a right to healthy and nutritious food. However, this is not the reality for many, as food insecurity exists in every county of the United States.
To make an impact and raise awareness of food insecurity, the Conagra Brands Foundation engages our employees, partners with leading local and national nonprofits, and inspires others to create a world where people have access to the food they need to reach their full potential.
Through our community impact grant program, the Conagra Brands Foundation continues to build upon our rich heritage of investing in the communities where Conagra Brands operates. We partner with respected community-based nonprofits that provide highly effective programs to transform people’s lives.
The LOI must strategically align with our core areas of focus which include:
- food access
- nutrition education
- cooking skills
- healthy and active lifestyles
- select urban agricultural programs that have a clear community focus and provide entrepreneurial skills to help individuals participate in the farm to fork economy
Partnership and collaboration is essential, especially when working to impact large social issues. Therefore, we seek partnerships with highly respected nonprofit organizations with leadership teams that challenge the current status quo with innovative approaches that result in viable solutions.