The Albertsons Companies Foundation in Boise, Idaho, has announced grants totaling $14 million to address food insecurity in the United States.
Awarded through the foundation's Nourishing Neighbors community relief fund, the grants include Nourishing Neighbors Innovation Grants totaling nearly $4 million in support of innovative projects or new ideas for eradicating hunger. Grants of up to $500,000 were awarded to thirteen national organizations, including End Hunger Connecticut, which will use the funds to leverage the buying power of food banks across the state; Maryland Hunger Solutions, which will use its grant to boost the outreach capacity of its remote Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Chicago-based mRelief, which will expand the use of digital tools to simplify the SNAP application process; Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, which will establish a food assistance program for people who are not eligible for federal hunger-relief programs; and Vouchers 4 Veggies, which, with the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation as its fiscal sponsor, will implement a produce debit card program aimed at accelerating widespread adoption of produce prescription programs.
The foundation also awarded grants of up to $100,000 to more than a hundred and forty local organizations working to eradicate hunger in Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities in areas where the company operates.
Albertsons created the Nourishing Neighbors fund in April with a $53 million commitment to help address growing levels of food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the foundation, fourteen million children in America are not sure where their next meal will come from.
"The Nourishing Neighbors Innovation Grants are for organizations that we believe can have a transformative impact on hunger relief," said Albertsons Companies Foundation president and CEO Christy Duncan Anderson. "Their innovative ideas range from creating greater buying power for nonprofits to furthering SNAP outreach. We're excited to help their innovative ideas come to fruition."
(Photo credit: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon)