Food Grant

The food grant, made available through the New York State Department of Health Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), allocates lines of credit to participating programs that can be used to access donated or wholesale foods through the Food Bank. 

HPNAP grant funds are designed to supplement and/or match a program’s own efforts. Funds should not be viewed as a sole means of support.

Grants are awarded to Emergency Food Programs (EFP) through a line of credit with the Food Bank to purchase nutritionally desirable foods. The line of credit may be used to access either donated or wholesale foods.

This grant is available to emergency food programs in Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence counties.


To be eligible to apply for a HPNAP Food Grant, an EFP must have been providing emergency food service for at least six months at the time of application. An EFP must comply with the following eligibility criteria and be able to provide documentation of:

  • Nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Current tax exemption status
  • Emergency shelters whose needs are not met by other state and county funding

Ineligible organizations

The following organizations are not eligible to apply:

  • For profit organizations
  • Organizations that only distribute USDA Commodity (TEFAP) Foods
  • Senior citizen, day care, and other feeding programs that do not provide emergency food service specifically to people in need

Food Bank of Central New York reserves the right to reject applications or lower funding allocations based on requests submitted in response to this application.