Cigna Foundation: Healthier Kids For Our Future – Food Insecurity Grants
One focus of the Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative is to address childhood hunger and improve nutrition. The Foundation seeks to work with organizations that are on the ground, in the communities, working to address food security throughout the world. The Foundation has learned that schools—at least in the U.S. and in many countries—are a focal point for addressing this issue and in most cases, already have programs supporting at-risk populations. With that in mind, the Foundation wants to fill the gaps that exist in and outside the school environment. It is looking for programs that attempt to address these, and other gaps, in delivering food and nutritional education to children. The Cigna Foundation is looking for programs that bracket or augment in-school efforts in the following areas:
- Community-based programs that support children and families’ access to healthy meals and nutritional education outside the school setting, on weekends and during the summer
- Food and nutritional programs that provide support for expecting mothers and caregivers
- Support for programs that address the needs of pre-school children
- Health provider/clinician efforts that provide nutritional education to patients and/or food as prescription programming
- School-based programs that enhance or augment state and/or federal assistance efforts
Amount: The Healthier Kids for Our Future Initiative will provide up to a total of $5 million in grants to community organizations over the next year. Note that this includes food insecurity grants and mental health grants. Individual award amounts are not specified.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations with budgets over $250,000 that serve children (newborn to 12th grade).
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