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AARP Foundation Grants Program

Hunger Grants

Sustainable Solutions to Hunger Innovation

Who May Apply

Nonprofit, 501(c)(3), senior-serving and/or hunger-focused organizations, which seek to develop or scale sustainable solutions to hunger for food insecure Americans age 50 and older, are eligible to apply. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • National nonprofits
  • State or local level nonprofits
  • Community-based organizations
  • Faith-based organizations

The following are NOT eligible to receive funding through this grant award, but may be identified partners and can contribute funds toward the cost sharing requirements for this grant:

  • For-profit organizations
  • Retailers

Proposals must focus on:

  • Food Access - an individual's ability to obtain and make use of food
  • Food Affordability - the cost of food and an individual's ability to pay for it
  • Food Adequacy - access to nutritious and safe food at all times and/or
  • Food Appropriateness - meeting fundamental nutritional requirements for a given person depending on their needs. 
  • Proposals must address the needs of food-insecure adults age 50 and over and could include one or more of the following*:
  • Education about how to prepare healthy and affordable meals utilizing available resources
  • Uniting or bridging gaps in local food systems
  • Building capacity and making connections between farms and communities, or otherwise bridging gaps in supply and demand
  • Innovative agricultural and farming techniques
  • Agricultural practices that benefit the 50 and over population
  • Coordinating food services with community-based outlets to reduce barriers to access
  • Creating nutrition education programs for 50 and over population to enhance food purchasing and food preparation skills and to heighten awareness of the connection between diet and health
  • Resource mapping to identify available resources and gaps in resources necessary to end hunger in the community
  • Developing tools to assess hunger on a one-time or continual basis
  • Planning and training activities
  • Effectively integrating public and private resources, including local businesses, to alleviate food insecurity
  • Developing innovative, sustainable food resources for the 50 and over population.

*This list is not intended to be comprehensive โ€” only to spur ideas. Other innovative concepts focused on sustainable solutions for hunger for 50-plus are encouraged and will be equally considered.


AARP Foundation will not award Sustainable Solutions to Hunger Innovation Grants to projects focused on solely on feeding people (i.e., supplying short-term hunger relief), such as:

  • Delivering food and/or meals
  • Providing/serving congregate meals to seniors
  • Funding for food-drives

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