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Grants for Nonprofits : Hunger


A compilation of web pages and books of potential interest to nonprofit organizations seeking funding opportunities related to hunger or providing healthy food in food deserts..

Hunger Resources | Food Desert Resources


Hunger Resources

Capital Regional Community Foundation
The CRCF usually puts out a call for grant applications from churches in the tri-county area of Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton, for charitable work benefiting the community once a year. Programs including food banks, clothing distribution, after-school and programs assisting the needy, excluding church building funds, will be considered. Grants up to $1000 each will be awarded at the end of August; all applications are due by 5 p.m. August 11th. To obtain a church grant application form for the Patrons Fund or to discuss a grant idea, call Joyce McGowan, vice president of programs, at the community foundation at (517) 272-2870.
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Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has disbursed over $2 billion in Federal funds during its 19-year history.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Domestic Hunger Grants
The goal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Domestic Hunger Program is to provide relief and development assistance for those who suffer from hunger and injustices related to hunger in the United States. Priority is given to nonprofit organizations that help people with the least resources for meeting their basic needs as well as to women and children living in poverty. Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 are provided in the following categories: Relief, Sustainable Development, Community Organizing, Education and Advocacy. Funded projects should have, whenever possible, some formal or informal connection with the ELCA, its synods, congregations, affiliated organizations, or ministries.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits : Religion
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Food Bank Council of Michigan
The Food Bank Council of Michigan provides statewide leadership to food banks in their efforts to alleviate hunger through the distribution of surplus food to those in need.
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Fundsnet Hunger and Homeless Grants
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Greater Lansing Food Bank
Note : The Board of the American Red Cross, Mid-Michigan Chapter, which operates the Mid-Michigan Food Bank (MMFB) and the Board of the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) have announced that the two organizations will be combining operations effective July 1, 2012.
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McGregor Fund
Social Services Grants
In keeping with its mission, the McGregor Fund emphasizes support for activities in southeastern Michigan addressing emergency needs for housing, food, clothing and other direct aid. In addition, support may be provided for activities that address the root causes of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and help individuals and families achieve personal and financial stability and other life-changing outcomes.
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Michigan's Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MICAFE)
A new program in 10 Michigan Counties helps people age 60 or older get a Bridge Card! This new program is MiCAFE, called "My Cafe," and is offered by Elder Law of Michigan and local senior and community centers. Counties participating include: Branch, Cass, Charlevoix, Eaton, Emmet, Genesee, Gratiot, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Wayne County. The Bridge Card helps pay for food so seniors can use their cash to buy things like medicine or pay for heat, lights, water or make repairs to their home.
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Walmart and WalMart Foundation
Community Grants Program
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have identified four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Opportunity. To ensure that your application has the best chance of being funded, the proposed use of the grant should fit within one of these areas of giving. Primary consideration for the Community Grant program is to support local organizations with programs that align with Walmart and the Foundation's areas of giving. However, programs that do not align with these areas may also be given consideration. These include programs that are geared toward strengthening the local communities, for example: local organizations providing health and dental screenings, support for local police and fire departments and local school-based initiatives. If you are applying for funding through a Sam's Club location, additional focus areas are considered. Learn more about the Sam's Club Giving Program.
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Walmart Foundation State Giving Program
Support for Organizations Addressing the Needs of the Underserved
The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico for programs that give individuals access to a better life. There are three funding cycles per year; the first two funding cycles are targeted to specific states. For the final funding cycle of the year, requests are accepted from organizations nationwide in the following categories: Hunger Relief supports programs such as food pantries, backpack programs, and SNAP outreach. Community Engagement supports other programs that focus on the unmet needs of underserved low-income populations. Examples of eligible programs include career opportunity, disaster preparedness, education programs, healthcare access, shelters, etc. Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000; the average grant size is $40,000. Applications for the final funding cycle will be accepted from August 7 through August 11, 2017. Visit the Foundationís website to learn more about the State Giving Program.
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Food Desert Resources

Foundations Aim To Foster Nourishment And Banish 'Food Deserts'
A number of grantmakers are funding efforts to address the problem of "food deserts," which are low-income communities -- sometimes urban, sometimes rural -- where there are few or no places for residents to buy reasonably priced fresh fruits and vegetables. Nationwide, some 23.5 million people, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income areas that are more than a mile from a supermarket, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). In these areas, convenience stores are often the only retail food outlets. The department also says that the lack of store access can lead to "poor diet, obesity, and other diet-related illness." USDA (which has an online Food Desert Locator) is working with the Treasury and Health and Human Services Departments on the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which was launched in 2010. The effort will seek to attract private-sector capital through a mix of federal tax credits, below-market-rate loans, loan guarantees, and grants. Projects may range from construction or enlargement of a grocery store to smaller-scale interventions, such as putting refrigerated units stocked with fresh produce in convenience stores. Overall, the goal is to eliminate food deserts within seven years. Source : Health Affairs, Vol. 31, no. 5, May 2012, 1119-1120.
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Green for Greens : Finding Public Funding for Healthy Food Retail
Bringing healthy food to "food deserts" requires tenacity, ingenuity, and a significant investment of capital. The good news is that there's a substantial amount of public financing available for projects that make healthy food more available to low-income people. Federal, state, and local governments offer a range of funding programs that support economic development in these communities. ChangeLab Solutions developed this guide to provide a general overview of economic development and ideas for how to approach economic development agencies with healthy food retail proposals. It also provides a comprehensive overview of local, state, and federal economic development programs that have been or could be used for healthy food retail projects. Published in 2012.
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Healthy Food Financing Initiative
In 2010, the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) was announced to bring grocery stores and other healthy food retailers to underserved urban and rural communities across America. Residents of these communities, which are sometimes called "food deserts," typically rely on fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer little or no fresh food. Through programs at the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Treasury and Health and Human Services (HHS), HFFI expands access to nutritious food in these communities through efforts such as developing and equipping grocery stores, small retailers, corner stores and farmers markets selling healthy food. Includes information about funding resources. Website provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services.
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National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program
Deadline : November 30, 2016.
In FY 2017 NIFA's CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs including needs relating to: Equipment necessary for the efficient operation of a project; Planning for long-term solutions; or The creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.
For more information, including program and contact information, see Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance 10.225
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Michigan healthy food loan fund passes $10M in investments
A loan fund designed to boost access to healthy food in underserved Michigan communities has made more than $10 million in investments. The two-year-old Michigan Good Food Fund announced Wednesday it surpassed that mark through financing six enterprises in southeastern Michigan, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and the Upper Peninsula. The $10.5 million in financing also aims to spur economic opportunity through the creation of community stores, cafes and food processing centers.Michigan Radio, May 17, 2017.
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Mapping Food Deserts
Two Michigan State University professors have developed interactive maps that offer a visual perspective of urban food deserts. By using GIS (geographic information systems) technology, they are showing, rather than simply telling, how urban residents are losing access to fresh produce and balanced nutrition. Phil Howard, assistant professor of community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies, and Kirk Goldsberry, assistant professor of geography, conducted their research in Lansing. They found that many supermarkets have closed their stores that serve urban areas and have moved to the suburbs. They also showed that Michigan's state capital is a model for what's happening to food environments around the country. Source : MSU Today, March 3, 2011.
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Mapping Nutritional Terrain : Identifying food deserts in Lansing, Michigan
A team of researchers and GIS analysts at Michigan State University (MSU) is devising new methods to identify food deserts and visualize the "nutritional terrain" of American cities at precise spatial resolutions. As part of the nationwide Let's Move campaign, America's First Lady, Michelle Obama, has initiated a movement to eradicate America's food deserts in the next seven years. While it is clear that food deserts are an important public health problem, it is less clear how to best identify them. Before food deserts can be eradicated, they must be located. Consequently, there is an emerging need to identify nutritionally at-risk zones and visualize nutritional inequalities within cities. Article by Kirk Goldsberry and Sarah Acmoody, Michigan State University, appearing in ArcUser Online, Fall 2010.
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Bringing grocery stores to Michigan's 'urban food deserts'
State lawmakers will discuss a bill this week to give financial incentives to build grocery stores in Michigan's "urban food deserts." Lansing Representative Andy Schor wants to use about 5% of the Michigan Strategic Fund to bring grocery stores to downtowns and commercial corridors in urban areas, which have seen other types of economic development in recent years. "The use is to help revitalize a community," says Schor, "and right now grocery options are probably one of the bigger pieces lacking." Source : Steve Carmody, "Bringing grocery stores to Michigan's 'urban food deserts'", Michigan Radio, March 12, 2017.
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See the food in Lansing's 'food deserts'
The USDA says much of Lansing is covered by a "food desert," when in fact there are many small grocers, farmers markets and other ways to get food. Still, food access advocates say Lansing could use the help. Source: Justin A. Hinkley, "See the food in Lansing's 'food deserts'", Lansing State Journal, March 22, 2017.
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Photos: Is Lansing a food desert?
Includes a map by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showing areas around Lansing, Michigan which are considered food deserts.
Source : "Photos: Is Lansing a food desert?", Lansing State Journal, March 22, 2017.
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Can Michigan lure urban grocery stores?
Source : Justin A. Hinkley, "Can Michigan lure urban grocery stores?", Detroit Free Press, March 23, 2017.
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Good Food Access for Families and Communities
"In the realm of state policy, P.A. 231 was enacted in July of 2008 to provide tax abatements for up to 10 years for new grocery stores in underserved neighborhoods that provide fresh produce and meats. An area must have a population of low- and moderate-income residents, a below-average density of grocery stores and travel limitations to grocery stores. Many cities would be eligible. The goal is to bring retailers into the neighborhood to provide good food at affordable prices. The qualifications for retailers are tight, requiring that 75 percent of the store (based on square footage) has to be used for fresh fruits and vegetables and meats. As a result, liquor and party stores will not be allowed to simply offer a bare-bones produce selection to qualify." Source : Michigan Good Food Work Group Report Series Report 2 of 5, January 2011.
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