Emerging Advocacy Fund

MAZON’s Emerging Advocacy Fund was created in 2017, centered around a simple theory of change: to eliminate food insecurity in the United States, there must be a robust, trained, and organized community of advocates working to end hunger. After three decades seeding, supporting, and strengthening the anti-hunger advocacy movement, MAZON’s Emerging Advocacy fund has invested nearly $12 million in 19 states and Puerto Rico.

Partner Highlights
Indiana Justice Project

“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity MAZON has provided us. With the Food Justice Fellowship, we hope to change the landscape of food access advocacy in Indiana. Using a legal lens, we will focus on systems improvement, identifying and addressing barriers to SNAP participation.”

North Carolina Budget & Tax Center

“We are excited to partner with MAZON to deepen understanding of the ways in which hunger is holding our state back and connect people with the policymakers who have the power to choose anti-hunger policies. North Carolina families shouldn’t have to struggle to put food on the table when we can come together to build systems that ensure access to affordable food in every community.”

Alabama Arise

“Funding from MAZON will build health equity in Alabama by providing staff capacity to engage our grassroots partners in improving child nutrition. We will continue to build upon the momentum from our prior MAZON partnership to further expand community eligibility for free school meals and lay the groundwork for a Healthy School Meals for All Campaign.”

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MAZON Expands Local Anti-Hunger Advocacy Partnerships

On August 8th MAZON announced more than $2.84 million in partnership grants to local anti-hunger organizations, bringing its support to three new organizations — the Indiana Justice Project, the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center, and Alabama Arise. Read more.

MAZON Joins Partners to Advocate for the People of Puerto Rico

MAZON and its partners urged Congress to address the importance of equity and parity for the people of Puerto Rico. Read more.

Expanding Partnerships to Strengthen Tribal Food Sovereignty

Since 2017, MAZON’s Emerging Advocacy Fund has built critical capacity for anti-hunger advocacy in 15 states and Puerto Rico —  places where capacity was previously limited or did not exist. MAZON’s theory of change is simple: by putting advocates on the ground and equipping them to advance policy change, we can achieve food justice in our country’s most food insecure communities. 
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MAZON's Emerging Advocacy Fund partners:


  • Alabama Arise
  • Alabama Food Bank Association


  • Alaska Federation of Natives
  • Alaska Food Policy Council
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium


  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • William Morris Institute for Justice


  • Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
  • Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance


  • Feeding Northeast Florida
  • Florida Impact
  • Florida Policy Institute
  • Poverty Solutions Group


  • Latino Community Fund
  • Voices for Georgia’s Children


  • Hawai’i Appleseed
  • Hawai’i Children’s Action Network
  • Hawai’i Foodbank
  • Hawai’i Public Health Institute


  • Feeding Indiana’s Hungry
  • Indiana Justice Project
  • Indy Hunger Network


  • Kansas Action for Children
  • Kansas Appleseed


  • Feeding Kentucky
  • Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
  • Kentucky Equal Justice Center


  • Feeding Louisiana
  • Louisiana Budget Project


  • Good Shepherd Food Bank
  • Preble Street


  • Mississippi Center for Justice
  • Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi


  • Missouri Budget Project
  • Missouri Operation Food Search


  • Center for Rural Affairs
  • Nebraska Appleseed
  • Open Sky Policy Institute

North Carolina

  • Moms Rising
  • North Carolina Alliance for Health
  • North Carolina Budget and Tax Center


  • Hunger Free Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Policy Institute
  • Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Puerto Rico

  • Centro Para Una Nueva Economía (Center for New Economy)
  • Espacios Abiertos (Open Spaces)
  • Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud (Youth Development Institute)


  • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
  • Tennessee Justice Center

West Virginia

  • West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy
  • West Virginia Food Justice Lab
  • West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition