Frequently Asked Questions

How often do you make grants?

A. Typically we call for proposals twice a year: once in the spring for funding summer meals programs and once in the early summer for all of our other program priorities. We accept letters of inquiry at any time and will notify any eligible organizations of the next available grant opportunity.

Can an organization receive more than one grant?

A. If an organization is working on several programs that fall within our grant-making priorities, it may apply for more than one grant.

Are there types of food assistance programs that you do not fund with your No Kid Hungry grants?

A. In an attempt to maximize our impact we are concentrating our grants on the programs outlined above. We have more limited funding available for food pantries and soup kitchens seeking funding to purchase food, for “backpack” programs, for gardening programs, and for nutrition education programs that are not affiliated with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters®. We understand the need for these kinds of programs as part of a comprehensive solution to childhood hunger, but our ability to fund these types of programs is limited.

If we have an afterschool/summer program that is not participating in the federal reimbursement programs like CACFP and/or SFSP, are we eligible to apply for a grant?

A. To help ensure long-term sustainability and the efficacy of our grant money in supporting our strategy, our grant funds focus on helping organizations maximize access to these federal programs. You may request a grant for additional staff support or other resources you may need to help your organization get started with participating in these federal programs (CACFP and SFSP). If you are interested in learning more about how your organization can participate in these programs, we can direct you to some useful resources.

What types of expenses are allowed?

A. We have no specific limitations on what type of expenses are allowed. Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to: staff, equipment, promotional materials, transportation, or other expenses that will help you expand the capacity of your current program or start a new program.