Food Audit Grant Information
ANNOUNCING $250 GRANTS TO DENVER/BOULDER AREA ORGANIZATIONS TAKING THE HAZON FOOD AUDIT!
The Hazon Food Guide helps you navigate food choices in your Jewish institution, and offers practical suggestions for bringing our ancient tradition of keeping kosher – literally, eating food that is “fit” – to bear on the range of food choices we’re making today.
The Food Audit, a supplement to the Food Guide, is an evaluation and planning tool that will help you to best use the resources available in the Food Guide at your Jewish institution.
The Food Audit will enable you to:
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of your institution’s policies and practices for promoting food sustainability and justice through an assessment process;
- Develop an action plan for improving your institution’s food sustainability and justice policies and practices, and;
- Involve your institution in implementing this plan.
The Food Audit addresses nine areas related to sustainable food choices and best practice:
- The food you serve: is it organic, local, fair trade, healthy?
- Kosher sustainable meat, cheese, wine, and chocolate and how to source them
- Eating together: starting conversation and bringing the community together around food
- Serving the food: plates, utensils and more
- Outfitting your kitchen: energy audit, appliances, etc.
- Food waste: reducing it, recycling it, composting it!
- Food education for adults and children
- Community Supported Agriculture and gardens
- Food justice and social responsibility
Each grant is $250. The application is brief and can come from staff or volunteers of Jewish organizations in the Denver and Boulder areas; you do not have to have a building to be eligible. Grants are “first come, first served” and awarded 3-4 weeks following your application submission.
Questions ? Email email@example.com.
TO APPLY FOR A $250 FOOD AUDIT GRANT:
Thank you for your interest in creating healthier and more sustainable communities! There are a limited number of grants available. Before applying, contact Hazon’s Colorado office to ensure availability. (A grant is not guaranteed at this point and final award is pending, based on your application.) This also enables us to share with you any additional support, resources, and programming available while you are in the process of taking the Audit and deciding what actions you can take to become a healthier and more sustainable organization. To be eligible for a grant you must take this first step; any applications received that were not preceded by this first step may be dismissed or award notification may be delayed.
Next, you will take the Food Audit for your organization (downloadable here) and submit it to Hazon by email at Colorado@Hazon.org or by mail to Hazon, c/o 306 W. Geneseo Street, Lafayette, CO 80026.
Once you have completed and submitted the Audit you will fill out the application online – click here for the application. The application will request the following information:
- Contact information:
- Organization’s name, address, phone, email and website.
- Name, title/position, phone, and email of point person for this grant.
- How the grant check should be made out, and an address to mail it to.
- How you’re submitting your organization’s completed Food Audit (by email or mail).
- A brief statement (see sample below) explaining what the grant will be used for.
Tell us what action(s) to become healthier and more sustainable your organization would be taking using the $250 in Hazon grant funds. This doesn’t need to be lengthy, but provide enough information so that someone who hasn’t been a part of your process and isn’t familiar with your institution could understand what you are intending to do. Please include: the names and positions of people involved in making the action(s) happen, estimated timeline, and exactly what the $250 will be spent on.
SAMPLE BRIEF STATEMENT
We are going to switch to organic grape juice and non-disposable kiddush cups for kiddush at our youth services. We, social action committee members X, Y and Z, will contact our usual vendors and visit supermarkets to research availability, price, convenience. We’ll select the most appropriate vendor and inform the volunteer/staff who buys for the kiddush about the change. We’ll also write a “blurb” about this great change for the newsletter and remind the clergy (rabbi X and youth group president Y) leading youth services to talk about the change at the first 2-3 services with the new juice. We’ll start the process as soon as we receive the grant and expect to be serving organic juice in non-disposable cups 1-2 months later. We expect the new juice will cost about 50 cents more/bottle, at 2 bottles per service x 52 services = $52. We’ll use Hazon funds to cover this increase for one year after which time we’ll roll this increase into our regular budget. We have already researched and priced out metal kiddush cups and arranged for staff and volunteers to wash them each week. With shipping, we can get 150 for about $200.