There is no excuse for children to go hungry in America. Yet it happens every day, in every community. Today, there are an estimated 17 million children struggling with hunger. That’s 6 million more than before the pandemic – 2.7 million more families.
Facing hunger also means making sacrifices. Studies show that 84% of households served by a national hunger relief organization reported buying the cheapest food — instead of nutritious food — in order to provide enough to eat.
Summer School Hunger Relief grants will be awarded to schools or after-school programs to build connections through fresh food with local hunger relief organizations. This project seeks to address the unprecedented challenges food pantries are facing as inflation rises, supply chain issues persist, and client numbers increase. The grants will provide funding for schools to grow fresh produce and donate to local food pantries. Participating schools should already have an indoor or outdoor garden or farm, such as the Flex Farm.
Applications for 2023 summer grants have now closed. Thank you to all our applicants.
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“I hope students working with the Flex Farm experience the happiness and joy I have in seeing their seedlings grow. I also hope it inspires many people – both students and teachers – to make a difference in the world, help us change for the better.”
"I believe that when students are an active part of the growing process, they are more likely to eat better. The Flex Farm is a perfect way to engage students in this regard."
"Engaging students in the growing process builds pride in the product and makes people likely to choose to eat what they produce. Access to healthy, good-tasting lettuce will also increase the health of our students and may lead to more positive eating choices that could have a lasting impact on future health."
"The Flex Farm is a product that will not only engage students via a curriculum that can be incorporated into the classroom, but will also provide an opportunity to study the impact of improved access to fresh healthy food for students and their families."
"Something that has surprised me about the Flex Farm is how it could change the world. It’s a small thing doing an awfully big job and that amazes me."
To learn more, reach out below to let us know how you are interested in being involved, and our foundation team will contact you.