The Innovative Solutions grant is a competitive funding opportunity across the St. Louis region to address problems of food access, hunger, and overall food insecurity.
Uplift innovative solutions to food insecurity
Engage the St. Louis community in conversations about food access and potential solutions
Non profits with a budget of $500,000 or less focusing on hunger or food insecurity
Must demonstrate community engagement
Must have 501(c)3 or use a fiscal agent
Does not fund traditional farmers markets, community gardens, or existing programs
The St. Louis Food Policy Coalition will review proposals and make funding recommendations
Finalists present their projects at a funders showcase
Container Gardening Project
St. Anthony’s Food Pantry’s Container Gardening Project taught neighborhood residents without space for a regular garden how to grow plants in their home.
Night Life Food Access Project
While interrupting violence in North Saint Louis neighborhoods, the Night Life team responded to the overwhelming food insecurity needs by passing out food to those they met on the street. The weekly presence of NightLIFE provides a unique face-to-face encounter that feeds the hungry and sends a message on the value of Black life.
This project teaches high school students from Dutchtown and Gravois Park about food justice to further develop communication and leadership skills in order to tackle policy and begin to learn how to work within their community to be change agents for systemic issues around food.
Operation "Empower You"
St. James Food Pantry provides regular food programming to more than 600 people per month through food distribution and nutrition education.
Time for Food
In collaboration with New Roots Urban Farm and the Forest Park Human Services student club, this project addresses the lack of access to fresh and affordable produce in food insecure areas by equipping residents with the tools needed to grow food, the knowledge of how to prepare and preserve food, an avenue for marketing and trading produce, and space for learning and growing from each other.
Through events like the Community Master Chef's challenge, this project taught cooking and nutrition to mothers and children of low-income families. Only Health addressed the most difficult issue in healthy eating - changing habits and behavior - through positive promotions, practicing new ways of cooking and news foods, peer challenges, and support.