Foodlink announces ‘Seed Grant’ winners for 2020-21

Foodlink has announced the winners of its annual Seed Grant applications for 2020-21.

Seed Grants are one-time start-up grants intended to be used as a “seed” to begin a new or enhanced service to an agency or hunger-relief organization. Seed Grants encourage the development of projects that support innovative ways of confronting emergency food and/or nutrition needs of low-income communities. Funding for Seed Grants is provided by the New York State Department of Health, through the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP).

The winning applicants for the 2020-21 grant period include: Beyond the Sanctuary, Covenant Table, Lydia’s Kitchen, South Wedge Food Pantry/ROCSALT, and The Father’s House- Life Center.

Descriptions of each project are below:

Beyond the Sanctuary

Establish a driver’s training program to enhance current delivery service and expand job opportunities to clients, alleviating food insecurity and reducing their reliance on the emergency food system.

Covenant Table

Establish a meal program in the Culver/Parsells neighborhood to serve healthy and nutritionally balanced meals to those in need.

Lydia’s Kitchen

Establish a meal program in Batavia to serve healthy and nutritionally balanced meals to those in need throughout Genesee County.

South Wedge Food Pantry/ROCSALT

Establish a Community Education Curriculum for volunteer groups driven by food pantry client’s voice and consultants, which enables a consistent Saturday distribution day.

The Father’s House-Life Center

Develop a mobile renovation unit to directly support food pantry clients and community members with minor repairs to homes and spaces.

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