JLSP Community Assistance Grants
The Junior League of Saint Paul (JLSP) is pleased to offer a new grant program that will benefit local nonprofits that work to alleviate food insecurity. JLSP will begin accepting applications from qualified 501(c) (3) organizations between June 1 and September 1, 2016 and will notify awardees in October, with funds being awarded on or around November 8, 2016.
JLSP has been working to improve the Saint Paul community for nearly 100 years by developing programs to serve evolving needs in the community. Since 2010, JLSP has been focused on the issue of food insecurity in Saint Paul and has delivered over 50,000 pounds of food to children through the Backpack Buddies program. Backpack Buddies worked to bridge the gap between Friday and Monday for children whose primary access to meals is through their school cafeterias. In October of 2015, JLSP began to serve whole families through the Family Food Box program at Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center, providing shelf-stable foods to families during the third week of the month when SNAP benefits and funds begin to run low. JLSP also began a Junior Chef program in February 2016 at the Rice Street Teen Zone, which strives to teach adolescents how to prepare healthy meals for their families. In celebration of our centennial year, JLSP looks forward to the opportunity to serve other nonprofits that also work on the issue of food insecurity by providing grants of up to $1000 each to help with program costs.