Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition: Rooted in Evidence Food Bank Evaluation and Grant Program
Rooted in Evidence Food Bank Evaluation and Grant Program (Rooted in Evidence) is an opportunity for food banks and their partners to enhance measurement and evaluation related to their programming. In addition, the program will provide funding for innovative programming to improve the health and dietary quality of emergency food recipients. A highlight of this opportunity is to work in partnership with Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (GSCN) to conduct a robust evaluation of the grant activities in order to disseminate meaningful results. The overarching goal is to strengthen the skills and competency of funded organizations to effectively evaluate impact of their programming and disseminate findings to relevant partners and other funders.
Rooted in Evidence will fund innovative and dynamic programming and/or initiatives that seek to improve dietary quality among food pantry and food bank clients. These approaches could include existing or new/adapted programming that may include various:
- Settings and distribution sites (e.g., mobile or other “pop-up” pantries, college campuses, schools, traditional pantries, clinics)
- Components or levels of the emergency food system (e.g., distribution, procurement, food environment, client interactions to target knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors)
- Target populations (e.g., children, adults, families, seniors, college students, staff/volunteers, cancer survivors, other disease conditions, or urban/rural populations)
Amount: Up to five grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded over a 15-month timeline.
Eligibility: Nonprofit 501(c)(3) food bank organizations in the U.S. Refer to the solicitation for additional eligibility expectations.
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