The 3rd Supervisorial District’s Food for the Soul Program was established in order to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of people who have experienced homelessness by sponsoring community cultivation, distribution and preparation of fruits and vegetables. The program awards grants in amounts between $5,000 and $20,000 to non-profit organizations in the Third District that engage people who have experienced homelessness in local food movements and community agriculture, including gardening, nutrition and cooking activities. AnĀ ideal program would both improve food security and strengthen community connections.

People who have experienced homelessness often suffer from social isolation and have dramatically higher mortality rates. The combination of poor health and social isolation can make it very difficult to integrate back into the community after an experience of homelessness. One strategy for improving health and easing the transition back into the community is connecting these men, women and children to local food movements. The cultivation, distribution and preparation of food is therapeutic, improves physical health, builds community and connects people to larger movements to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies

Qualifying non-profit organizations can apply for grants of $5,000 to $20,000 to support the creation and on-going operation of fruit and vegetable cultivation programs. These programs can be sited at homeless shelters, transitional housing sites, supportive housing sites, or other places where individuals and families who have experienced homelessness reside or seek services. The funds may be used for personnel, program operations, volunteer coordination, supplies and up to 10% for administration. Successful proposals will demonstrate how the program both increases food security and strengthens community connections.

Non-profits interested in applying should complete the form below, and include a one-page proposal with program description and budget. Please contact rsimon@bos.lacounty.gov with any program or application questions.