First-Round Grantees Will Gather in Houston July 25-28 to Connect, Reflect and Learn From One Another
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, awarded more than $4 million in its second round of Food Security Equity Impact Fund grants. The recipients include 10 food banks that are working with 15 community-based organizations to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity.
“Together, and as a collective, we can work in partnership with neighbors, community partner organizations, and network members to elevate and to center the importance of equity as we move forward in making a deeper impact across this nation,” said Mya Price, Food Security Equity Impact Fund director at Feeding America. “With the Food Security Equity Impact Fund, Feeding America is investing in innovative solutions created by community-led organizations that will remove the barriers and increase equitable access to food while centering their neighbor’s voices in the work they do.”
The Food Security Equity Impact Fund is part of Feeding America’s broader grantmaking strategy to intentionally support communities of color and rural communities known to be disproportionately impacted by food insecurity. It was created in March 2021 and was seeded with a $20 million donation from MacKenzie Scott.
Individual grants range between $100,000 to $500,000 and this year’s grantees will join 25 network food banks named in 2022 in supporting communities across 32 states and Puerto Rico. The grants are geographically diverse, with urban, suburban and rural communities receiving awards. In addition, more than 90% of the community-based partners are led by people of color.
Feeding America awarded the latest round of grants to the following food banks and their community-based partners:
- Feed More, Richmond, VA; Community partner: Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia
- Feeding Illinois, Geneva, IL; Community partners: Urban Growers Collective; The Conservation Fund, Working Farms Fund Program
- Feeding San Diego, San Diego, CA; Community partner: San Diego Food System Alliance
- God's Pantry Food Bank, Inc., Lexington, KY; Community partner: Black Soil KY
- Maryland Food Bank, Baltimore, MD; Community partners: Aaron’s Place, Inc.; Rebirth, Inc.; Around the Bay Farmers’ Alliance, Inc.
- Montgomery Area Food Bank, Montgomery, AL; Community partner: Tuskegee University: The Carver Integrative Sustainability Center; The Tuskegee University Urban Agriculture Innovation Center; The Black Belt Marketing & Innovation Center
- Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Providence, RI; Community partner: West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation, Sankofa Initiative
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, Winston-Salem, NC; Community partners: Turning Everything Around, Inc.; True Salvation Christian Fellowship Food Network
- Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Community partners: REAP Food Group; Roots4Change Cooperative
- Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, D.C.; Community partner: OurSpace World, Inc.
Feeding America will bring together the first-round grantees and their community-based partners to the Houston Food Bank for the first Food Security Equity Impact Fund Grantee Convening from July 25-28. During the summit, attendees will share learnings and foster connections, collaborate and share knowledge and expertise to build resources and deepen the impact of their work, and celebrate and elevate the impact they have already had.
For more information about Feeding America and the Food Security Equity Impact Fund, please visit feedingamerica.org/equityimpact.
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About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 5.2 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.