Grants for food banks

2,201 food banks and pantries received at least $60.2 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 7,689 grants made from 3,862 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 3,862 foundations, 75% made just a single grant to food banks, and 4% made grants to four or more food banks. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$60,244,520
Total grant dollars given to food banks
7,689
Number of grants made annually to food banks
3,862
Number of grantmakers funding food banks
$1,000
Median grant size to food banks

Foundations that support food banks and pantries

Out of all grants made to food banks, 85% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 78% of the dollar-value of grants to food banks. Foundations funding food banks also made grants to multiservice human service organizations, homeless shelters, food distribution programs, religious organizations, and emergency assistance programs.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
3,291
Medium
 
328
Large
 
242
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
79
Private
 
3,330
Corporate
 
181
Other
 
272

Grants made

Grants made to food banksNumber of grantmakers
1
 
2,924
2-3
 
765
4-10
 
120
11+
 
53

Top 10 foundations supporting food banks and pantries

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to food banksNumber of grants made to food banksMedian grant size
Carmax FoundationVANational1.7%149$500
Land O'Lakes FoundationMNNational1.8%133$714
JP Morgan Chase FoundationNYNational0.1%123$490
Westrock FoundationGANational0.5%112$30
Food LifelineWAMetro18.1%99$1,163
Chubb Charitable FoundationPANational0.6%93$100
Community Foundation of Greater Des MoinesIAState0.2%92$500
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.2%87$250
Baird FoundationWINational0.6%86$62

Food banks and pantries grantees

Food banks with more than $5 million in total revenues received 86% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 68% of all food banks.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
7,678
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
11

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,500
$500k-$1M
 
$1,624
$1M-$5M
 
$1,174
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
California
 
650
Illinois
 
559
New York
 
511
Texas
 
440
Other
 
5,529

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
Chicago
 
521
New York City
 
494
Seattle
 
218
Boston
 
200
Other
 
5,634

Top 25 grants made to food banks

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
Feeding America$8,041,342Covid 19:covid 19 America's Food FundGofundmeorg
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank$5,638,290Fight HungerFeeding America
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley$5,323,239Food SecuritySilicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)
North Texas Food Bank$4,508,281This Grant Is Designated for General Support.Communities Foundation of Texas
Second Harvest Food Bank Greater New Orleans and Acadiana$4,259,009Fight HungerFeeding America
Greater Chicago Food Depository$4,101,825General SupportFulk Family Foundation
United Dairy Industry of Michigan$3,643,323Promote the Sale of Milk and Milk Products and Increase Consumer Awareness of Milk Products Through Promotion, Research, and Nutrition Education.Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA)
The Houston Food Bank$2,920,145Fight HungerFeeding America
Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ)$2,793,567Fight HungerFeeding America
Greater Chicago Food Depository$2,792,478Fight HungerFeeding America
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana$2,700,000General SupportUnited Way of Central Indiana
Clark County Food Bank$5,0002017 Grant DsitributionNegley Flinn Charitable Foundation
San Francisco-Marin Food Bank$5,0002017 Grant DistributionNegley Flinn Charitable Foundation
Palm Beach County Food Bank$5,0002017 Grant DistributionNegley Flinn Charitable Foundation
Redwood Empire Food Bank$5,0002017 Grant DistributionNegley Flinn Charitable Foundation
Philabundance$5,000General SupportPolly A Levee Charitable Trust - Trust A
Food for Lane County$5,000Operating SupportThe Haugland Family Foundation
Community Help in Park Slope (CHIPS)$5,000To Enable the Institution To Continue Their Public Charitable Role.WSP Foundation
City Harvest$5,000To Enable the Institution To Continue Their Public Charitable Role.WSP Foundation
Feeding America Kentucky's Heartland$5,000Provide Funds To Support Organization's Purpose of Feeding AmericaRotary International - Bardstown
Wilkinson Center$5,000Education and Support for Families in Need.The Baldridge Foundation
Wilkinson Center$5,000Education and Support for Families in Need.The Baldridge Foundation
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank$5,000To Further Tax-Exempt ActivitiesJohn and Colleen Morrissey Foundation
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York$5,000GeneralThe Bonnie Ward Simon Foundation
Second Harvest Food Bank East Tennessee$5,000Purchase of FoodRobert Lee Weiss Foundation 15-3002252
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Food banks" category for this page is determined by the "K31: Food Banks, Food Pantries" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.