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18 Community Programs and Nonprofits to Receive Community Impact and Innovation Grant from Shipt

Sep 22, 2023
Sep 22, 2023

18 Community Programs and Nonprofits to Receive Community Impact and Innovation Grant from Shipt

Shipt is excited to award funds to community organizations and nonprofits across the country to help these organizations better serve their areas.

Shipt is committed to investing in high-impact programs that expand economic opportunity and increase food security in communities with access barriers. We are excited to share the community organizations and nonprofits that will receive this year’s Community Impact and Innovation Grants. We selected organizations that are making transformational changes in their local communities and are also aligned with Shipt’s own social impact pillars of addressing the root causes of food security and resilience, advancing economic mobility, and supporting communities in need. After reviewing hundreds of applications, Shipt proudly awards over $250,000 to 18 organizations across the U.S. 

Shipt recognizes that leveling the economic playing field and reducing food insecurity are complex issues that require multi-sector collaboration and diverse approaches to create an immediate impact and lasting change. This funding cycle supports a spectrum of initiatives that will catapult entrepreneurs, small businesses, and local food systems to thrive. Our commitment to these organizations extends beyond the grant, as we hope to build meaningful partnerships to engage our talent and business to drive impact and foster healthier organizations and communities. 

“Shipt is proud to support these incredible community organizations that are addressing both immediate and systemic needs across their communities,” said Khadijah Abdullah, vice president of economic development and social impact. “All of these organizations are launching game changing initiatives that also align with Shipt’s social impact goals and we’re happy to be able to support in their cause with our investment.” 

Read more below on how Shipt’s grant will help each organization: 

  • Appetite for Change will use the Shipt grant towards their Community Cooks Meal Boxes, a meal delivery program designed to meet the needs of food insecure families in North Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Birmingham Corps plans to invest their grant towards their talent matching and recruitment initiative designed to bridge the gap between qualified BIPOC individuals and employment opportunities with small businesses by providing a comprehensive platform that connects minority-owned small businesses with diverse talent in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • The grant will help Common Threads' hands-on nutrition and cooking education programs to support students and families in Austin and Dallas, Texas with food access and education to build self-efficacy and wellness with healthy culturally relevant food. 

  • COOP Careers has plans to expand their program in Los Angeles, California. COOP Careers connects un- & underemployed recent college grads to careers by matching peer cohorts with near-peer alumni coaches–propelling them onto a path of economic mobility.

  • Equity Advocates’ community organizing and advocacy capacity building efforts for food access nonprofit leaders to better address root causes of food insecurity through policy and systems change in New York City. 

  • Food Recovery Network’s student-led chapters across the country, work to reduce food waste and emissions and increase food access by recovering surplus food from college campuses and redirecting it to hunger-fighting nonprofits in the community. 

  • For Oak Cliff in Dallas, Texas, the grant will support the purchase and installation of a cold storage unit to support the growth of their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and volunteer home-delivery program serving food-insecure elders and families that Shipt helped to pilot last year. 

  • FRESHFARM Markets, Inc. in Washington, DC, will be able to continue their Pop Up Food Hub, which leverages farmers markets to deliver local produce at wholesale prices to consumers and community organizations who are traditionally excluded from participating in the local food system. 

  • Goodr Foundation has a Mobile Grocery Store stop to provide free grocery items to underserved communities around Atlanta, Georgia. 

  • Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA) has a Workforce Development Program in Birmingham, Alabama that is focused on building a pipeline for Latinx workers and connecting them to training, jobs, relationships with employers, and college/career coaches.

  • Hmong American Partnership’s Economic Prosperity program in Minneapolis, Minnesota, helps launch and sustain businesses owned by minority entrepreneurs with immigrant and refugee lived experiences.

  • Hunger Free Colorado will use their investment into their statewide implementation of Healthy School Meals for All for 2023-2024 school year to ensure the policy increases access to healthy and culturally relevant food for more than 880,000 Colorado public school students.

  • Kids' Meals, Inc. out of  Houston Texas provide daily home meal deliveries and grocery program, run by volunteers, for more than 7,000 food-insecure preschool-aged children who aren’t eligible for the National School Lunch Program. 

  • Lemontree Foods will be launching an innovative text message helpline that connects food-insecure neighbors to the best resources in Atlanta, GA through hospitality focused, personalized assistance. 

  • Sustainable Economic Enterprises of L.A. (SEE-LA) will use the grant to invest in their Seasoned Accelerator Alumni Network, designed to help food and beverage entrepreneurs with resources to secure kitchen spaces, permits, access to coaching and capital for minor business emergencies.

  • The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Inc. in Houston will be continuing their work on their Project Liberate, a 3-month small business development program and pitch competition for Black queer leaders and founders.

  • Urban Growers Collective will be able to strengthen and expand their urban agriculture and community food system development programs, which increase food access and address inequities in Chicago’s historically disinvested communities. 

  • Urban Impact in Birmingham, Alabama, plans to expand Urban Impact’s technical assistance and capacity building program for predominantly Black owned small businesses within the Historic 4th Ave and Civil Rights districts.

About Shipt

Shipt is a retail tech company that connects people to reliable, high-quality delivery with a personal touch. Through the power of technology, Shipt connects customers to the things they want from the stores they love, workers to new earning opportunities, and retail businesses to more satisfied customers. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Shipt brings people the flexible solutions they need with the above-and-beyond service they expect. Shipt is an independently operated subsidiary of Target Corp. and available in more than 5,000 U.S. cities. For more information, please visit Shipt’s Newsroom.

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