We thought the best way to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving was to share opportunities related to food. So we bring you grants that relieve food insecurity, corporations that donate products, even a resource for hungry four-legged friends. While these are all at the national or semi-national level, more options may exist at your regional, state and local levels as well. All headings are links to the organizations' websites. Please have a safe and stress-free holiday!
Tyson supports nonprofits that enrich the communities in the twenty-five states where their employees live and work. Hunger relief, along with health and nutrition, education, community development, and environmental and sustainable agriculture are their five focus areas. Hunger relief projects should benefit children, seniors and those at risk of food insecurity. Requests below $50,000 are reviewed year round, deadlines for request above that amount are December 1, 2016 and May 1, 2017.
Basic needs, workforce development and education, and community development are the three targets of BofA’s philanthropy. Funds are provided to nonprofits for hunger relief. Last year the application period was July 18 – August 5. Click above link periodically for 2017 deadlines.
Donations in the form of coupons for frozen desserts, beverages, cultured products and creamers are provided to local government, academic institutions, Native American tribes, non-profits, school districts, and others. Request are accepted on a rolling basis.
Panda associates serve Panda donated food at events that are primarily attended by children. They also donate Panda Express gift cards for use in fund raising efforts such as raffles or silent auctions. Eligible applicants are nonprofits that support the health and educational needs of underserved children. Requests are accepted year round. Refer to website for further guidelines.
Costco provides small warehouse donations between $25 - $50 in areas where they do business. Recipients are nonprofits focused on children, education or health and human services. Requests are accepted year round.
The Rescue Bank provides grants in the form of donated pet food to animal welfare organizations with a 501(c)(3) status. These donations help offset the cost of other everyday operations so organizations can stretch their budget.
Provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, this is a clearinghouse of private organizations that provide food assistance to people in need. A click on the Find Meal tab enables one to identify what resources are available in their location. There is also a Hunger Hotline 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE. This toll free line is open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
Free Word Search Puzzle
Will you find yourself in long lines at the airport this Thanksgiving? Want to escape to a quiet place for a bit? Here is a word search puzzle with the 26 federal grant making agencies for your holiday travel: