MAZON awards partnership grants to carefully selected anti-hunger organizations throughout the country that help us to advance our mission in their communities. We seek to create long-term relationships with our grantee partners, which empowers them to maintain the continuity of their anti-hunger work and helps us to identify emerging trends that inform our program work.

Since 1986, MAZON has awarded more than $66 million to partners who represent the entire spectrum of the nation’s anti-hunger network. Grantees range from food banks, food pantries, and home-delivered meal programs to advocacy groups working at the local, state and national level to expand participation in federal food assistance programs and champion responsible government policies to prevent hunger. Grants are awarded principally to organizations working in the United States, though we also support vital hunger relief efforts in Israel.

Although MAZON provides general support grants, we require all partnership grantees to be engaged in public policy work to advance a local, state and/or national anti-hunger agenda. MAZON’s largest grants are given to organizations working towards long-term solutions to ending hunger in the United States.

MAZON is currently revising its grantmaking portfolio, which will impact our 2014 grant cycle. We will post updates on the website as they become available.

What does “a commitment to anti-hunger advocacy” mean?

MAZON awards funding to effective organizations that actively demonstrate a commitment to greater food justice by working to eliminate barriers and challenges for those who struggle to put food on the table. Grant proposals must address an organization’s anti-hunger advocacy position, objectives and implementation activities.

Demonstrating a Commitment to Anti-Hunger Advocacy

Here are some examples of the types of activities that MAZON is particularly interested in supporting:

Policy-Level Indicators

  • Helping to pass legislation intended to protect funding and program integrity of SNAP and/or other government nutrition programs.
  • Influencing policy, as measured by visits with policymakers to discuss pending bills or promote state and federal nutrition programs; testifying at or attending legislative or other hearings; securing support for a piece of legislation from a targeted elected official.
  • Advocating for specific administrative changes in government nutrition programs. For example, working with your state food stamp officials or regional USDA officials to maximize the use of state options for SNAP; or filing comments on government action or proposed regulations.
  • Documenting the challenges and using the learnings from your SNAP application assistance to engage your local and state SNAP officials in efforts to improve the benefit delivery systems.
  • Advocating for changes in school district policies related to food, nutrition, and wellness. For example, supporting expansion of the School Breakfast, Summer Food and Afterschool Meals programs.

Organization-Level Indicators

  • Building your organization’s capacity for effective advocacy, as measured by the number of advocacy trainings attended by staff, board, volunteers etc.; developing an advocacy committee and policies by your board.
  • Developing partnerships and collaborations with new advocacy partners.
  • Changing/increasing organizational resources allocated for advocacy.
  • Increasing community engagement in advocacy as evidenced by an expanding number of new members or strengthening social network.

Public-Education Indicators

  • Building and strengthening relationships with key media sources, as measured by the type and number of hunger articles published; number of op-eds submitted and published; improvements in how the media frames the issue of hunger; meetings with local editorial board.
  • Increasing public awareness of hunger, as measured by participation in community meetings, civic hearings and hunger awareness events; releasing research reports or studies.
  • Increasing awareness of hunger policy issues as measured by policy-related articles in your newsletters and other publications; conducting voter education efforts.

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