Foundation supports efforts to reduce food insecurity and reduce childhood obesity in Fall grant round

The New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation recently awarded grants to nine projects designed to improve children’s health.

In support of its oral health priority, the Foundation awarded $20,000 to the New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition to support oral health statewide policy, advocacy and provider education.

In support of its reducing food insecurity funding priority, it awarded:

  • $19,900 to the UNH Foundation to expand its food access map
  • $12,800 to the Hillsborough Country Conservation district to expand its number of gleaning sites
  • $15,000 to Seacoast Eat Local to expand the number of food outlets for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • $20,000 to Cheshire Country for assessment and planning to expand children’s food programs
  • $12,000 to Regenerative Roots Association of Nashua to lease additional agricultural land
  • $19,700 to the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy for research on statewide food availability, accessibility, affordability, and quality
  • $10,000 to New Hampshire Hunger Solutions for developing a statewide hunger plan
  • $15,000 to NH Fiscal Policy Institute for research on food insecurity in the state to inform better public policy.

In addition, the foundation’s board approved a $50,000 award to Fair Food Network in response to the nearly fifty percent increase in SNAP incentive demand since March. The SNAP Double Up incentive program provides a 1:1 match for fresh fruit and vegetable purchases for SNAP participants.

“Now more than ever our funding seeks to build stronger systems to reduce food insecurity in New Hampshire,” noted Foundation Program Director Patti Baum.

The New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation is a leading funder for children’s health in the state, distributing $800,000 or more each year to community health centers, health policy organizations and community-based organizations to deliver on its mission and strategic priorities.

The next Call for Responsive Grant Proposals opens February 1, 2021, at which time requests for funding to support projects that prevent childhood obesity, promote oral health or reduce food insecurity will be considered.