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Who Is for Seconds on Hunger Relief?

by Sherie Sanders on November 22, 2017
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Autumn at a glance Arrangement of three pumpkins, straw, and flowers in garden.jpegThis is the time of year for reruns and seconds.  In that spirit, we have updated last year's Thanksgiving post on resources related to food.  Below are grants that relieve food insecurity, corporations that donate products, and even an option for animal shelters. 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!

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation

This foundation thinks long term by providing fruit trees and shrubs, equipment, and expertise to establish fruit trees for generations to come. Organizations must use the harvest for the public good. Eligible applicants include Native American tribes, state and local governments, nonprofits, schools and school districts. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

So Delicious Dairy Free: In-Kind Product

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 Restaurant Group: Panda Cares

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.

Looking Out Foundation

Hunger and homelessness are one priority of this funder, along with disadvantaged youth, public health, women, the environment, and the arts. There are two deadlines every year, the February 1 and August 1.

Costco Wholesale Warehouse and Regional Donation Program

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.

Walmart Foundation

This program strives to benefit communities where Walmart, Sam's Club and Logistics operate and their employees live and work. Hunger relief and healthy eating are among eight areas of community impact funding. Eligible applicants are nonprofits, government entities, and academic institutions. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2017.

The Rescue Bank

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.

USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse

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.

Travel Pass Time

Will you find yourself in long lines at the airport this Thanksgiving? Want to unplug for a bit? Here is a word search puzzle with the 26 federal grant making agencies for your holiday travel:


The 26 Federal Grant Making Agencies Seek and Find Puzzle


Topics: Funding News

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