September 05, 2018

Emerging Advocacy Fund: Innovating to Fight Hunger

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Since its founding in 1985, MAZON has been committed to addressing food insecurity in the United States through policy change. Among the strategies we use, we are particularly proud of the pioneering role we’ve played in helping to build a strong and resilient anti-hunger advocacy infrastructure in diverse regions across the United States.

We are also mindful that there is still work to be done—especially in those states where hunger is both prevalent and persistent. With our nation’s nutrition safety net facing unprecedented threats, we must strengthen our resolve to empower state-based organizations to advocate on behalf of hungry people in their communities.

MAZON’s Emerging Advocacy Fund was developed to offer partnership grants to organizations in some of the most food insecure states in the country, that are working on behalf of those in need.

This year’s cohort of partners represents a mix of emerging and well-established nonprofit organizations engaging in local and statewide work to end hunger. These grants provide partners with financial backing, for up to three consecutive years, to hire or retain staff who are dedicated to anti-hunger advocacy. In addition to providing financial support, MAZON also offers technical assistance to grantee partners and helps to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between them.

The largest impediment to advancing anti-hunger advocacy in these states is access to sustained resources and technical expertise to do dedicated anti-hunger work. MAZON is committed to providing just this kind of support, so these organizations can bring about real and necessary change that protects food insecure people in their state.

MAZON’s 2018 Emerging Advocacy Fund Grantees

Alabama Food Bank Association Huntsville, AL
Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance Little Rock, AR
Louisiana Budget Project Baton Rouge, LA
Good Shepherd Food Bank Auburn, ME
Preble Street Portland, ME
Missouri Budget Project St. Louis, MO
Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi Flowood, MS
Mississippi Center for Justice Jackson, MS
North Carolina Alliance for Health Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Justice Center Raleigh, NC
MomsRising Raleigh, NC
Tennessee Justice Center Nashville, TN
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands Nashville, TN
West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy Charleston, WV
West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Charleston, WV
West Virginia University Food Justice Lab Morgantown, WV