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Free Curriculum + Funding: A Perfect Match

April 25, 2012
in News and Events

Share Our Strength, a good friend to The Culinary Trust and an ally in the Chefs Move to Schools Initiative is offering free curriculum and funding for culinary professionals to help teach families how to shop for healthy food on a limited budget.  Share Our Strength’s Shopping Matters is an interactive, in-store shopping tour lasting 60-90 minutes that teaches low-income families four key food shopping skills: buying fruits and vegetables on a limited budget, identifying whole grains, comparing unit prices and reading food labels. Working with a local nonprofit or other organization eligible to receive funds such as a school, culinary professionals volunteer to lead the shopping tour and are given curriculum materials to guide them.

Shopping Matters is a key component of the No Kid Hungry Campaign’s strategy by teaching families how to shop for healthy foods on a limited budget. Share Our Strength is pleased to announce a Shopping Matters grant opportunity to organizations who would like to offer tours in their community.  Through June 8th, Share Our Strength will be accepting grant requests to help organizations begin or grow the number of Shopping Matters tours offered in their community. To qualify, you must meet the eligibility and requirements for this grant listed below. We encourage all qualified organizations to apply by clicking on the application link, found at the bottom of this page.  If you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to cookingmattersgrants@strength.org.

Eligibility

Organizations located in No Kid Hungry or Ally states may apply for funding, for a list of states please visit www.shoppingmatters.org

Grant Cycle

Share Our Strength will accept applications beginning April 23, 2012 through June 13, 2012. If you are selected for a grant, you will be notified by email by June 29, 2012. The grant cycle will begin on July 2, 2012 and close on November 30, 2012.  Application period opens: April 23rd Application period closes: June 13th Review period: June 11th through June 22nd Notification of award: June 25th through June 29th Checks and award mailed: July 2nd through July 6th Grant cycle begins: July 2nd Grant cycle closes: November 30th

Grant Requirements

Each grantee commits to reaching a minimum of 25 distinct participants through a minimum of three Shopping Matters tours between July 2nd and November 30th.

Each grantee will also:

Eligible Uses of Funding:

The grant aims to help organizations or individuals develop or grow the number of Shopping Matters tours in their community; therefore, the grant funds may be tailored to fit your organization and community’s needs or particular barriers to implementation. Grant funds may be used to:

Share Our Strength’s Commitment

Share Our Strength will initially send each grantee materials to complete the grant requirements. All Shopping Matters materials are provided free of charge thanks to the generous support of Walmart. 

The grant application can be accessed here.

Visit Share Our Strength’s website for more information

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