Organizations that make financial grants to soup kitchens and food banks include ConAgra Foods, Wal-Mart, The Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation, and the Food Lion Charitable Foundation, according to GrantHelpers.com. Another resource is The Barrett Bateman Foundation.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the Emergency Food Assistance Program, which was established in 1983 and provides funding, supplies and food to soup kitchens. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides funding for soup kitchens, after-school feeding programs and other initiatives designed to reduce hunger, according to its website. StartaSoupKitchen.org reports that these organizations also provide grants: Share Our Strength, United Way of America, Why Hunger, the Food and Research Action Center, and Feeding America.
Feeding America is a national network of support for 200 member food banks, as of 2015, according to FeedingAmerica.com. It was founded by John van Hengel, a soup kitchen volunteer, in Phoenix, Arizona. After van Hengel encountered a woman foraging for food in the garbage, an initiative was formed around her idea of recovering food from grocery stores that is still usable but not salable. As the network of participating groups grew, it was named America’s Second Harvest: The Nation’s Food Bank Network. In 2008, its name was changed to Feeding America. Feeding America is the largest hunger relief organization in the United States.