Relieving Hunger - Food Security One-Stop Shops


OCPG Grant-Funded Hunger One-Stop Shops

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Background

A Community Needs Assessment published in 2012 by the Grants Management Unit (now the Office of Community Partnerships and Grants) identified hunger and access to food as a top priority across the State of Nevada. To address this issue, a steering committee comprised of representatives from several State departments and community partners in the food safety network was convened to develop a strategic plan with goals and objectives intended to increase food security in Nevada.

One of the key strategies in the plan focused on creating “one-stop shops” that provide individuals and families with immediate food assistance and also work with them to address the root causes of hunger in their households. Assistance with employment, housing, utility payments, child care, applying for public benefits and accessing other supportive services help individuals and families stabilize and move toward economic self-sufficiency.

To view the strategic plan, Food Security in Nevada: Nevada's Plan for Action, click on the link below.

Grant Funding

Starting with the SFY14-15 grant cycle, the Grants Management Unit (OCPG) began funding the “one-stop shops” described in the Background section above. Seven such operations were funded in urban and rural areas across the state. In addition, three new access points where individuals and families could obtain food were also awarded grant funds.

In the SFY16-17 grant cycle, available funds are supporting five "one-stop shops". In the course of fulfilling their primary mission, these programs are fostering a more collaborative, organized and innovative network of agencies that, together, are improving food security and self-sufficiency in local communities.

Programs awarded funding were selected through an open, competitive Request for Applications (RFA) process. The next solicitation is scheduled for early 2017 for the SFY18-19 grant cycle.