Ends on February 12, 2018



One in six children in America are at risk of hunger. This is a problem that can be solved, and kids are a part of the solution! YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for 125 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities.

$400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. and $1000 grants are available to schools and organizations to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) – April 20-22, 2018 – and beyond.

What are we looking for?
  • Youth-led community service projects designed to address childhood hunger.
  • We’re especially interested in projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees, and other community members.
  • We are also especially interested in funding projects that address long-term solutions to childhood hunger. 
  • Youth ages 5-25 that live in the United States are eligible to apply for grants of up to $400.
  • Public, private, and charter schools (K-12, community colleges, and universities) and organizations located in the United States are eligible to apply for grants of up to $1000. 
Applications are due by midnight Eastern Standard Time on February 12, 2018.

Summer 2018 Sustainability Grants: YSA and the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will offer a select amount of additional sustainability grants to sustain and continue the work of GYSD projects. These grants will award a maximum of $400 to fund a continuation of the GYSD work to end childhood hunger and increase long-term impact. Projects awarded sustainability funds will receive both grants at the same time in March.

If approved for a GYSD grant and a sustainability grant, the grantee’s sponsoring organization/school will receive the sustainability and GYSD funds at the same time.


If you have questions during the application process, please contact Sarah Pope, Youth Partnerships Manager via email: spope@ysa.org or via telephone: (202) 650-5053.

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