Blessings in a Backpack Receives Grant from Conagra Brands Foundation

Blessings in a Backpack Receives Grant from Conagra Brands Foundation

Employee-driven program fosters local impact throughout Hunger Action Month

Story by Conagra Brands, Inc., 

In support of Hunger Action Month and its commitment to combating food insecurity, the Conagra Brands Foundation has announced the 2023 recipients of the “Nourish Our Community” grants. Through these grants, 20 nonprofits across 10 states are awarded funding, totaling $350,000. The grants will help to create positive social impact in the communities where its employees live and work.

Each September, the Nourish Our Community grants are distributed to employee-nominated nonprofit organizations that address the issue of domestic hunger and food insecurity, cooking skills, nutrition education, healthy and active lifestyle and/or urban agriculture. In addition to the initial nominations, Conagra employees play an integral role in the review, analysis, discussion and selection process, with the final slate of grant recipients being determined by a cross-functional committee of employees.

“For over a quarter of a century, the Nourish our Community grant program has encouraged and empowered our employees to take a stand against hunger and food insecurity within their local communities,” said Robert Rizzo, Senior Director, Conagra Brands Foundation. “These nonprofits do important work that has a meaningful impact on the lives of children, teens, adults and seniors in our community. Through these partnerships, we are not only raising awareness, but providing essential funding to support vital direct services reaching many Americans that are impacted by food insecurity.”

Hunger Action Month, a Feeding America initiative, aims to raise awareness for and take action on the issue of food insecurity in the United States. Conagra Brands Foundation’s longstanding partnership with Feeding America includes a unique combination of efforts that involve employee volunteerism, product donations and cash contributions. Conagra’s philanthropic efforts support national research that increases the collective understanding of the issue of hunger and its impact on vulnerable populations and diverse communities; direct service that improve access to nutritious and culturally relevant food through capacity building efforts that increase front line hunger relief agencies efforts to better serve the community and, national efforts to advance equity, diversity and inclusions efforts. Conagra also provides significant product donations that are distributed to Feeding America’s network of 200 food banks.

Project: Weekend Backpack distribution in Southeast Michigan
Blessings in a Backpack provides school-age children with backpacks containing enough food to alleviate hunger through the weekend. This grant will serve children residing in Macomb, Michigan. Beyond providing meals, the program eliminates the barriers to learning that stem from inadequate food access, enabling students to take advantage of educational opportunities. Through this initiative, schools have observed improvements in students’ test scores, attention spans, attendance rates, and behavior.

Nominated by Conagra Brands employee: Krystal K. – Macomb, Michigan