School Nutrition Grant Opportunity

This fall, the No Kid Hungry Georgia Campaign is offering a school nutrition grant opportunity to enable districts and schools to maximize the child nutrition programs and other emergency food programs to ensure children and families have access to healthy meals at school and at home during the school year and/or summer months.

No Kid Hungry knows that school districts play an essential role in ensuring students receive nutritious meals to learn, grow, and thrive to their full potential. These flexible grants will allow school districts across the state to respond to the growing needs and emerging opportunities to provide meals and resources to kids and families.

As school districts face significant challenges maintaining and expanding meal programs in this uncertain environment, funds are intended to support school districts in adaptability to meet the changing needs of students and families. We can help you cover the following expenses:

  • Meal service supplies and equipment needed to implement new models for serving breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals and snacks, including grab and go-carts, insulated coolers/warmers, packaging equipment and supplies, refrigerators, and retrofitting existing equipment to meet new needs
  • Costs of hiring additional staff positions or increasing hours for existing staff to meet increased demand as a result of COVID-19 or provide additional services like meal delivery
  • Transportation costs associated with meal delivery such as refrigerated trucks or fuel
  • New costs associated with COVID-19 preparedness like the no-touch point of service machines, hand washing stations, PPE equipment, and cleaning supplies
  • Non-reimbursable food costs for school food pantries, backpack programs, or adult meals
  • Program outreach, enrollment assistance, and marketing costs (including promoting SNAP, WIC, and Pandemic-EBT programs and supporting enrollment)
  • Additional expenses as needed

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified no more than four weeks after the submission date

Want to take a closer look at the application? CLICK HERE for a sample

To access the application please use this ACCESS CODE: GASchoolNutrition2022


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants will be required to provide the following information:

  • Reporting and authorized signature contact information
  • Demographic information such as estimated free and reduced eligibility and service locale
  • Information about your current and planned food and nutrition programs for the grant year
  • A detailed description of grant funding program objectives
  • Detailed budget of the anticipated use of funding

ELIGIBILITY PRIORITIES:

 Equity Priority:

Share Our Strength is committed to addressing the systemic and structural health, social, and economic inequities that disproportionately impact communities of color. To ensure we support individuals and communities most affected by these inequalities, we will prioritize grant funds to organizations serving communities where over 50% of the population identify as Black, Latino, Native American, Asian, Hawaiian native, or Pacific Islander. We will also prioritize funds to rural communities that face unique challenges in addressing hunger and communities where members experience intersectionality of identities and environmental factors that contribute to several discriminations and disadvantages.

Communities Experiencing Economic Hardship:

As the effects of Covid-19 continue to be felt in communities across the country, grant funds will be provided to communities experiencing extreme economic hardship. In determining economic impact, No Kid Hungry will review data points including free and reduced eligible students, child food insecurity projections, and the social vulnerability index score.

Ability to Serve Kids Today and in the Future:

Taking into consideration equity and economic hardship, funds will be prioritized to support community organizations with a solid and sustainable plan for maximizing participation in the child nutrition programs and/or leveraging other programs to combat food insecurity such as emergency food programs (weekend meal programs, school pantries, etc.), children and family outreach and engagement, and federal nutrition program enrollment. Applications should address both the immediate need to alleviate hunger and support children and the long-term sustainability of programming.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Send us an email at grantshelpdesk@strength.org, and we’ll be able to assist you:

  • If you’re having trouble connecting to the portal with your username and password
  • If you’ve encountered technical difficulties with online registration, login, or application access
  • If you have questions about the application questions or application process

We are available and eager to help. To talk more about the challenges facing your community and your technical assistance needs during the crisis, please contact etowns@strength.org