Our local community should be a place where all families are able to meet their basic needs. To that end, the Packard Foundation has a long tradition of supporting area food banks. We also support organizations that provide temporary housing for homeless families or families in crisis as a result of domestic violence. These vulnerable families need proven programs that work to preserve the family unit and help them return to permanent housing.
The Food and Shelter subprogram of Local Grantmaking supports:
- Major food banks
- Housing and/or shelter providers for homeless families, and
- Emergency assistance and shelter providers for families that are victims of domestic violence.
The Foundation supports organizations that have well-articulated goals and strategy, strong leadership and governance, effective outreach and service, and solid financial standing. We look for leaders who have a proven expertise working with and serving their target population in the five California counties we fund—San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito. We support programs that have a solid track record of success and impact.
Except in special circumstances, we don’t support individual food distribution programs, providers of ongoing services to homeless individuals and families, advocacy efforts, field research, endowments, or capital needs, such as renovations, equipment, and construction.