World Hunger Year, Inc.
Title: WhyHunger (World Hunger Year, Inc.)
Location: New York, NY
Geographic Areas Served: New York City and Northern New Jersey
Number of Organizations Served: 24
Grant Amount Requested: $202,470
Emergency food providers (EFPs) within New York City and northern New Jersey are facing significant challenges in organizational capacity due to increasing demand for services while donations and other resources for all non-profit and social service agencies throughout the country are in decline. At the same time, EFPs are being challenged to improve the nutritional value of the food they serve in order to counteract the epidemic of diet-related disease in America. WhyHunger's Beyond Bread: Emergency Food Providers Peer Learning Project aims to build the capacity of food pantries and soup kitchens in New York City and Northern New Jersey to develop and implement performance management systems for greater organizational efficiency and resilience. The project will utilize a combination of systems-based, participatory development & organizational capacity assessment tools and frameworks to provide capacity-building services to four primary and twenty secondary small and midsize emergency food providers within New York City and Northern New Jersey. The four primary participating organizations will be led through a process of assessment, action planning, action plan implementation, evaluation and learning as they build their capacity to develop and implement performance management systems and expand their ability to provide healthy and nutritious food to their clientele. The twenty participating secondary organizations will benefit from trainings and workshops, access to online resources and involvement in a regional network that shares best practices, skill sets and technical capacities as related to sourcing of healthy and nutritious foods. Total costs of WhyHunger's Beyond Bread: Emergency Food Providers Peer Learning Project are $404,940 over a two year time period.