Funding available for hunger programs

United Way of Hancock County has announced the availability of funding for programs and services addressing food insecurity in Hancock County. The funds are made available from the Halt Hunger Initiative.
Any organization in Hancock County with a 501 charity status, faith-based organizations and schools demonstrating the correlation of their programs or services with the Halt Hunger Initiative goals may apply for grants for $2,500 to $75,000 for a one-year cycle which begins in January.
The goals are:
• Support local food programs and providers in their efforts to provide nutritious food to individuals and families in need of food assistance.
• Assure all those in need have access to food assistance programs.
• Develop and implement long-term plans for food acquisition, storage capacity and distribution capacity.
• Educate and equip individuals and families to be food secure.
Requests for applications are available online at http://LiveUnitedHancockCounty.org/halt-hunger-grants. The deadline for the program consideration form is Sunday.
Over the past three years, the Halt Hunger Initiative has granted $355,626 to programs and services meeting the needs of those facing food insecurity locally.
Food insecurity, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture, is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
In 2010, 12,000 residents, or one out of every six individuals in Hancock County, dealt with food insecurity on a regular basis, according to feedingamerica.org.
For more information about the work of United Way contact the office at 419-423-1432.

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