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Local Food Pantry — Advice For Getting Funding

by Vicky Price

If you want to make a positive impact on your local community, one of the best things you could do is start a local food pantry. Then people in need will have a place to get affordable food. If you need to get funding for this community program, here are some suggestions you might look into.

Create a Professional Website For Prospective Investors

One of the best ways to reach investors looking to fund your local food pantry is to use an online website. It will make your food pantry visible online, especially if it looks professional and runs well. You can hire a professional developer to help you achieve both things, fortunately. 

Once your food pantry website is up and running, prospective investors will have a place online to visit to learn more about your pantry. They will subsequently get more invested in the cause that you're trying to promote.

Partner up With Local Businesses

Once you create a well-developed website for your local food pantry program, it's a good idea to partner up with other local businesses. They can help you spread the word about what your food pantry does and thus help you get funding in a short amount of time.

For instance, you can partner up with local schools and banks. They have a large reach and thus can make it easy to get the necessary funding you need to get off the ground and running. 

Continue to Promote on Social Media

Another avenue that you'll want to use to promote your local food pantry program is social media. It can help you reach a large audience without spending a dime. You just need to use social media websites strategically in order to gain enough funding for future growth.

A couple of tactics to keep in mind include staying active and using more than one social media platform. You want to constantly remind online users about your local food pantry and how it impacts the community. If you stick with social media efforts, you can achieve your funding goals and then do even better things with your community program. 

Starting your own local food pantry can be a great way to serve underprivileged people who truly need help paying for meals each day. If you currently need funding for your pantry, it helps to spread awareness in impactful ways. Then you can continue to receive funding and thrive for many years. 

Contact local companies for help finding funding for a local food pantry.