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Now Accepting Applications for Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger

The Foundation is now accepting applications for its Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger. The fund is seeking proposals for projects that address hunger and food insecurity through innovative and sustainable solutions.

“In Worcester, 1 in 11 people are food insecure, and the number of children in Worcester that are affected is even greater,” said Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer of the fund. “What some might perceive as the traditional ‘image’ of a person who uses a food pantry is changing. While our most vulnerable populations certainly experience food insecurity, the working class is experiencing it as well, as are college students, in growing numbers. Poverty and food insecurity are not synonymous.”

With an increasing need, these capacity-strained pantries can offer struggle in not only trying to service the population but also accommodate things like nutritional value and dietary restrictions.

“With relationships with 118 pantries, Worcester County Food Bank is in a unique position to provide support across a variety of areas with their fund,” Shugrue said. “The fund helps give the pantries a little bit of space and infrastructure that they need to do the work; but also a little bit of space to try new ideas and innovate, creating a bigger impact and sufficiently servicing the changing needs of our community.”

Specifically, the fund is seeking projects that increase access to healthy food, such as improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through advocacy and increasing availability/access to nutritional programming and resources. Projects also seeking purchase of technical equipment, or that help promote economic self-sufficiency through job readiness and skill development, will also be considered.

The Fund to End Hunger welcomes applications from the Hunger-Free Network of the Worcester County Food Bank and other 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with programs in Worcester County. Applicants are encouraged to review the full guidelines available online before submitting their proposal.

Applications must be received by May 17, 2019. For more information, contact Sarah Shugrue, sshugrue@greaterworcester.org or (508) 755-0980 x109.

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