Richard Sax Food Action Grant

As our longest-running food policy initiative, the Food Action grant (originally named the Richard Sax Grant) is awarded yearly in the IACP conference host city to a nonprofit combatting hunger and increasing food access in innovative ways.
We will soon announce when Food Action grant letters of interest will be accepted from organizations working in our 2017 conference host city, Louisville, KY. The deadline to submit a letter of interest has not yet been set.

> Request list of criteria to be included in a letter of interest

(Pictured) 2014 Food Action Grant recipient Ginkgo Organic Gardens relies on volunteers to tend plants and harvest food. Each week, 100% of the harvest is packed up and delivered by bicycle to Chicago’s Vital Bridges food pantry and distributed to low-income community members. 

Your contribution to The Culinary Trust’s Food Action Grant  directly supports organizations combatting hunger through innovative programs bring together community members of all generations for lasting change.
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About the Richard Sax Food Action Grant

The Culinary Trust had a hunger-relief fund in place in 1992 as part of its philanthropic outreach. Donations were received from members through the annual conference registration form. In 1996, after Richard’s death, a fund drive was started by Harriet Bell, Flo Braker, Barry Estabrook, Roy Finamore, Nick Malgieri, Rux Martin and Judith Weber, all IACP members, to memorialize him and support a cause that he actively worked for – hunger relief. Attaching Richard’s name to the Trust’s hunger-relief fund seemed like a perfect fit and made the fund appeal personal. The Trust continues to combine interest earned from the fund with donations from IACP annual conference attendees to administer a one-time grant in IACPs annual conference host city.

About Richard Sax

Richard Sax was an IACP member, a prolific writer who contributed to many leading magazines and the author of nine cookbooks. He won a James Beard Award and a Julia Child Award for Classic Home Desserts. He was the founding chef-director of Food & Wine and a columnist for Bon Appétit. He worked tirelessly for God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that provides food to people housebound with AIDS; the Whole Food Project of Manhattan Center for Living; and The Food and Hunger Hotline. He championed the causes of those who were victims of hunger, homelessness or prejudice, and devoted passionate energy to many food-related causes. He received the Humanitarian Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for his charitable work and the prestigious James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award. He died in 1995 at the age of forty-six.

Annual Richard Sax Food Action Grant Recipients:

2016:  LA Kitchen (Los Angeles, CA)

2015:  Martha’s Table (Washington, DC)

2014:  Ginkgo Organic Gardens, and Healthy Food Hub of Black Oaks Center (Chicago, IL)

2013:  Oakland Food Connection (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)

2012:  Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (New York City, NY)

2011:  Sustainable Food Center (Austin, TX)

2010:  Growing Gardens (Portland, OR)

2009:  Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver, CO)

2008:  Second Harvest Food Bank (New Orleans, LA)

2007:  Common Threads (Chicago, IL)

2006:  FareStart  (Seattle, WA)

2005:  North Texas Food Bank (Dallas, TX)

2004:  Garden Harvest (Baltimore, MD)

2003:  Générations Foundation (Montreal, Quebec)

2002:  Mamas Kitchen (San Diego, CA)


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