Applications Open for Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants Program 2023

Applications Open for Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Youth Grants Program 2023

Grants of $250 or $500 are available for Global Youth Service Day initiatives that aim to eradicate childhood hunger in America.

With the kind assistance of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, YSA is once more giving project grants to young leaders, ages 5 to 25, who want to end childhood hunger in their communities through awareness, direct service, advocacy, and philanthropy.

”Why focus on hunger?” you may ask. According to the latest estimates, 1 in 8 kids in the US is living in hunger.

One thing is constant, regardless of the causes—kids skipping meals, families, people living in food deserts, parents having to pick between paying bills and purchasing food, or any number of other things. In the richest nation in the world, 9 million youngsters live without food.

Depending on how many young people will be volunteering this year, youngsters may apply for grants of $250 or $500. (project planners, project leaders, and day-of volunteers). Grantees of $250 must enlist at least 25 additional kids as volunteers, while grantees of $500 must enlist 50 additional young as volunteers. There are additional fundraising grants available, wherein a portion of the money granted may be spent for project materials and the remainder funds may be used toward project supplies while the remaining funds are to be used as a matching donation. 

What are we looking for?

  • Proposed community service or fundraising projects should be youth-led and focused on addressing childhood hunger;
  • Projects may take place in schools, colleges/universities, afterschool programs, youth organizations, nonprofits, or faith-based organizations;
  • Projects must take place during Youth Service Month (April 14-May 14, 2023) with some activity on Global Youth Service Day (April 28-30) strongly encouraged;
  • Youth applicants should engage youth not typically asked to serve (youth with disabilities, youth who are struggling in school, youth from low-income or underserved communities, etc.) as volunteers;
  • Youth applicants must live in the United States, and activities must benefit children and families in the United States.

Because those experiencing hunger require both short-term and long-term support, we are especially interested in projects that have a sustainability component and/or introduce long-term solutions to ending hunger. We are also looking for ideas that bring together all members of the community from young people and their families to Sodexo employees and leaders in the community.

To help you complete your application, we have curated a list of hunger resources and project ideas from our partners including No Kid HungryFeeding America, the Alliance to End Hunger, and Hunger Free America. We will also be hosting an application walkthrough and planning webinar on Wednesday, December 7. Registration is required to attend the webinar and may be done by clicking here.

Please complete the form below to access this year’s application.

If you have questions as you’re completing your application or about this year’s program, please contact the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation youth grant administrator Katie Reusch (she/her) at kreusch@ysa.org.

Program Planning Resources & Timeline

Ideas and Resources to Get Started

Find a Local Partner with Feeding America’s and FoodPantries.org’s Food Bank Locators

Application Opens

December 7, 2022

Application Walkthrough & Project Planning Webinar

January 16, 2023

Application Closes

January 17 – January 31, 2023

Application Reviews

February 10, 2023

Grantees Announced

Late February 2023

Grantee Training (Virtual)

March 31, 2023

GYSD Plans Due

April 14 – May 14, 2023

Youth Service Month

April 28 – 30, 2023

Global Youth Service Day

June 1, 2023

Impact Reports Due

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