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2 food security nonprofits come to KC thanks to $1.2 million investment

GreenLight Fund Kansas City will help fund local operations for two food security-based nonprofits: mRelief and Food Connect.

The Hope Market Local Food Pantry chili supper

This investment doesn’t replace KC’s food security services: it supports them.

Photo by The Hope Market

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Three national nonprofits are collaborating to battle food insecurity in the metro. Food Connect and mRelief, funded by GreenLight Fund Kansas City, help locals reliably access food by supporting existing safety nets in the city. Let’s meet them.

mRelief

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) typically requires a 17-page application and 10 personal documents. Locally, $8.4 million in SNAP funding goes unclaimed yearly.

mRelief helps remove barriers like these, allowing more Kansas Citians who qualify to access SNAP.

Food Connect

Kansas City is full of nonprofits and community members working to deliver food to people in need — but those efforts can be fragmented. Food Connect provides logistical support to connect hunger relief services, extending the reach of programs like KC Food Hub.

GreenLight Fund Kansas City

None of this would be possible without GreenLight Fund, a nonprofit that identifies successful nonprofit projects and scales them in communities nationwide.

The Kansas City branch surveyed residents on the major barriers preventing equitable food access, and connected with mRelief and Food Connect to address those concerns. The fund will invest $1.2 million into expanding the nonprofits over four years.