Grants for Nonprofit Organizations Offering Hunger Programs

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain supports events that raise funds for hunger programs of the NYC Food Bank.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain supports events that raise funds for hunger programs of the NYC Food Bank. (Image: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

According to the Feeding America network of food providers, more than 48 million Americans are hungry each year. Every city, suburb and rural area is affected by hunger. Many people are becoming aware of hunger and want to help, from celebrity event sponsors to local volunteer organizations. Grants are available from private foundations and corporations -- as well as state, local and federal government agencies for nonprofit organizations offering hunger programs.

Government Grants

Nonprofit organizations offering hunger programs may learn about federal grants for food assistance on the Nutrition.gov website for food assistance programs. Most federal anti-hunger programs assist individuals, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the WIC program. Find grants offered directly to nonprofit hunger programs through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) which is administered at the state level. Locate grant funding from local government sources through your city or county Community Action Agency or similar organization.

Foundation Grants

Apply for local grant funding from your local community foundation or United Way organization. Use online resources like the Foundation Center to locate smaller foundations -- such as family foundations -- that could provide a grant for your hunger program. Foundations associated with major corporations such as the WalMart Foundation State Grant Program and the Sodexo Foundation have contributed major donations to nonprofit hunger programs.

Corporate Sponsorship and Events

Nearly all food banks in large cities and rural areas across America benefit from the generosity of local companies, restaurants and volunteer groups. Work with your local post office to join in Stamp Out Hunger Day, which is America's largest single-day food drive. Contact local store branches of major supermarket chains for donations of food and corporate financial contributions, which are often made on the recommendation of local store managers.

Grant Writing Resources

Find free and low-cost grant writing and training resources through the Foundation Center. Read guideposts and clear instructions for writing a good grant proposal prepared by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Tell the stories of the people helped by your nonprofit hunger program in any grant proposal. Share the stories of volunteers and successful food drives to strengthen grant proposals and fundraising letters.

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