Frequently Asked Questions are provided to help you and your church understand more about how you can participate in the North Carolina Hunger Fund.
What is the North Carolina Hunger Fund?
The N.C. Hunger Fund is a source of money for Baptist churches and associations that are working to reduce hunger in their communities. The fund is administered by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Where does the money come from?
All money distributed by the N.C. Hunger Fund has been given by North Carolina Baptists and designated for hunger relief. Some Baptists give money designated specifically for the N.C. Hunger Fund. Five percent of all money sent to the Baptist State Convention designated for hunger but not more specifically designated (i.e., not designated for a specific mission board, country or hunger project) goes to the N.C. Hunger Fund. In addition, monies are provided by the North American Mission Board hunger allocations.
Where does the money go? How it is used?
Money is distributed to Baptist churches or associations, and all of it is used to help meet food-related needs of hungry people in North Carolina. This is done in a variety of ways, including food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, Meals on Wheels, community gardens and shelters. Money from the N.C. Hunger Fund is intended to add to and not replace contributions of money, food and volunteer time already being given by the church or association.
My church is part of an interdenominational food pantry in our community. Can we receive N.C. Hunger Fund money for this ministry?
Yes. A church or association may request money to be passed on to a community organization with which the church or association is working cooperatively. The church or association is asked to verify that the organization needs the money and that it will be spent wisely.
How much money can my church or association receive?
The N.C. Hunger Fund distributes more than $100,000 per year. Individual grants range from $600 to $3,000 (A ceiling on the size of grants enables the fund to help as many churches and associations as possible).
How do I apply for money?
Your church or association must fill out and submit a brief application form by Dec. 31 of each year. A committee reviews the applications, and the money is distributed on a quarterly basis.