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Specialty Food Foundation Announces Grants to 14 Anti-Hunger Programs

Organizations to be Celebrated at Winter Fancy Food Show

NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2014) – The Specialty Food Foundation has awarded $250,000 in grants to support innovative organizations in ten states that are working to address hunger and improve food recovery. These are the first grants to be made by the Foundation, which was established earlier this year by the Specialty Food Association.

The Foundation works to reduce hunger and increase food recovery efforts via grantmaking, education and industry events. It is an outgrowth of the social entrepreneurship and extensive efforts in the areas of anti-hunger put forth by many members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs.

Among the first grant recipients are Portland Fruit Tree Project in Portland, Ore., which harvests and distributes fruit from urban fruit trees that would otherwise go to waste and Move for Hunger, Neptune, N.J., which mobilizes the relocation industry to reduce food waste by picking up unwanted food during the moving process to deliver to food banks.

The grant recipients are:

 

 

“With hunger a part of so many lives today, these organizations are playing a key role in addressing the problem in creative ways for the communities they serve. These first grants will help them refine and expand their important work,” says Ron Tanner, vice president, philanthropy, government and industry relations for the Specialty Food Association.

In 2015, the foundation plans to build on its efforts by awarding $400,000 in grants, and by presenting two special events, Embrace Hunger Relief Days, to encourage the specialty food community to volunteer for hunger relief organizations. Learn more at specialtyfoodfoundation.org.

The grant recipients will be honored at the President’s Reception at the Winter Fancy Food Show. The show takes place January 11 – 13, 2015, at Moscone Center in San Francisco. It is owned and produced by the Specialty Food Association. It is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast.

At the end of the show, exhibitors will continue their long tradition of donating the remaining food at their booths to anti-hunger organizations in the Bay Area.

 

About the Specialty Food Foundation

The Specialty Food Foundation works to reduce hunger and increase food recovery efforts through grant making, education and industry events. The foundation is an outgrowth of the social entrepreneurship and extensive efforts in the areas of anti-hunger put forth by many members of the Specialty Food Association. Learn more at specialtyfoodfoundation.org.

About the Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they produce. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. The Association owns and produces the Winter and Summer Fancy Food Shows, and presents the sofi™ Awards honoring excellence in specialty food. Learn more at specialtyfood.com.

Fancy Food Show Press Registration
The Fancy Food Show is a trade-only event. The Specialty Food Association provides complimentary press badges to qualified media. Learn more and register.

 

MEDIA CONTACT

Louise Kramer, lkramer@specialtyfood.com or 646-878-0130.


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