Grants for Child Nutrition Programs

Summer Meals Support Fund Grant

Partners for Hunger-Free Oregon

Since 2009, the Summer Meals Support Fund has provided start-up and expansion grants to communities throughout Oregon, partnering with over 134 unique organizations. Awards up to $5,000 are available to new or growing summer meals sites and sponsors to support community-based programs in connecting more kids to summer nutrition and enrichment while school is out. For more information, contact Marcella Miller at [email protected] or 503-595-5501 x307. 

The application is open MARCH 2 - APRIL 3, 2018. Please read through the Grant Guidelines and complete the Application Form and the Budget, Site List, and Community Partnerships Worksheet.

Please submit both application materials directly to [email protected] by April 3rd to be considered. 

Summer and Afterschool Meals: Start-Up and Expansion Grants

Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs (ODE CNP)

For several years, the Oregon State Legislature has designated state funds for the expansion of summer and after school child nutrition programs. Non-competitive grants of up to $20,000 are available throughout the 2017-19 biennium for current and new sponsors of the Summer Food Service Program, At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program, and Seamless Summer Option. Grant rounds will occur quarterly until all funds have been expended. 

The current grant round is open MARCH 6 - APRIL 3, 2018. Application materials can be found on the Department of Education website or by contacting ODE CNP Specialist Cathy Brock at [email protected]

Oregon School Wellness Awards

Oregon Department of Education

Each year ODE selects 3 winners of the School Wellness Award. These schools are exemplary for their outstanding implementation of school district wellness policy. As sponsor of the awards, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council provides $2,500 and a recognition banner for each winner. The banners, a signed certificate and the cash award are presented at special assemblies held at winning schools. The 2017-18 application opens on October 2nd. More information here.

Fuel Up to Play 60

Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council

November 1st, 2017 (school-based applications), Rolling (district applications). Up to $4,000 per school is available for healthy eating and physical activity initiatives. School applications will be available online ( and due on November 1, 2017. District applications accepted year-round. Contact Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council for information about customized district applications which can be created for two or more schools in a district. Contact Erin Hirte [email protected] or Crista Hawkins [email protected] with questions and interest.

Community Grants Program

United Fresh Start Foundation

Grants up to $2,500 are available to organizations and groups who provide children with access to fresh fruits and vegetables afterschool, on the weekends and during summer breaks. Applications are due April 7, 2017. For more information, visit the United Fresh Start Foundation website.

New Books and Resources for Summer Meal Sites

Share Our Strength and First Book

Get brand new books into your program, just in time for summer learning! Thanks to support from C&S Wholesale Grocers, you can access $100 of free books from the First Book Marketplace! To choose your free books, all you have to do is sign up.  Follow these steps to bring great books to you Summer Meals site.

1. Sign up! Anyone serving kids from low-income families through a school, summer meal site, or other community organization is eligible to join.

2. Visit the First Book Marketplace and check out the wide variety of resources available.

3. Enter the code SoS2017 in your shopping cart to take up to $100 off your book order! This particular funding opportunity applies to books only.

School Grants for Healthy Kids 

Action for Healthy Kids

School Breakfast Grants: Awards from $500 - $3,000 are available to schools to support increased breakfast participation.

Game On Grants: Up to $1,000 available for schools for physical activity and nutrition initiatives that support schools in becoming nationally recognized as health-promoting.

Applications due Friday, April 7, 2017.  

More information about grant eligibility and application processes can be found on the Action for Healthy Kids website.