Rise Against Hunger partners with nonprofits around the world to provide food and other life-changing aid to those in need. These partners support a variety of development programs that work with members of the community to meet their basic needs and create long-term, sustainable change. Partners are selected after undergoing an evaluation which addresses not only the effectiveness and sustainability of the organization’s programs, but also their ability to import, store and distribute meals, as well as provide regular reporting on their use and the impact of their programs.
Prospective Aid Partners
Rise Against Hunger welcomes partnership applications from nongovernmental organizations, nonprofit organizations or community associations interested in working with us to provide food and other assistance through ongoing developmental programs and crisis response programs.
At Rise Against Hunger, we believe healthy, educated communities are the key to ending world hunger. We invest our food and other aid in programs that teach children and adults, or that provide health care and other services. These programs promote well-being and equip participants with the skills and knowledge to become active participants in the workforce and in their communities.
Rise Against Hunger also works to support those who suffer through crises of all types, natural or man-made. We welcome applications from organizations that are able to react quickly and effectively in crisis situations.
Food Distribution Partnership Opportunities for Education, Health and Skills-Building Programs
Learn more and download our aid application.
Rise Against Hunger distributes more than 90 percent of meals packaged annually to partner organizations worldwide who operate ongoing education, health and empowerment programs. Rise Against Hunger places a strong focus on maternal and early childhood health and development, education and vocational training.
For a full list of the types of programs we supports via sustained food aid, or to apply to become a Food Distribution Partner please click here to download our Food Distribution Partnership Application.
Crisis Response Partnership Opportunities
Learn more and download our aid application.
Since its inception, Rise Against Hunger has responded in times of crisis. We currently allocate up to 10 percent of annual meal production, in addition to other life-changing aid, to respond to all types of crises all over the world. We welcome applications from potential partners who are prepared to react quickly when disaster strikes. Rise Against Hunger will consider applications from organizations that are able to pre-position aid in strategic locations or who can quickly mobilize the delivery of aid in collaboration with Rise Against Hunger.
To apply to become a Crisis Response Partner, please click here to download our Crisis Response Partnership Application.
Applications can be downloaded at anytime. However submitting applications happens during the open application period, August 1 to August 31.
For more information, please see our FAQs below.
Prospective Partner FAQ
- Food assistance – Vitamin-fortified rice-soy casseroles, packaged by volunteers and typically shipped in 40-foot containers (285,120 meal servings).
- Other product donations (subject to availability) include: medicine, medical supplies, soap, water filters, and feminine hygiene products
- Technical assistance in meeting monitoring and evaluation requirements
- Grants to partners for programs that will support the achievement of one or more of the following impacts:
- Vulnerable populations have the capacity to be food secure
- Food systems are equitable and resilient
- An enabling policy environment promotes food security
Rise Against Hunger is beginning to pilot our grants program with a few select partners, but plans to scale up this type of project in the coming years.
- Pay for shipping from the Rise Against Hunger warehouse to the partner’s program implementation areas
- Successfully receive and clear ocean freight shipments through customs
- Have complete, documented oversight of all Rise Against Hunger meal distributions
- Implement programming that leverages further development through education, medical care and other development programs
- Store the meals in a secure, contaminant-free location
- Be able to apply minimum standards in monitoring and reporting and be able to clearly articulate beneficiary targeting criteria
- Satisfy the reporting guidelines stipulated in the Cooperative Partnership Agreement
Yes. After your application has been initially reviewed, a Rise Against Hunger representative will follow up with you and provide feedback on your application. If you were denied, you will have the opportunity to re-apply the following year during the open application period.
If you are placed on the waiting list, it means that you are approved, pending the availability of meals. When meals become available, you will be informed by a Rise Against Hunger representative.
Typically, Rise Against Hunger ships meals in 40-foot ocean containers, which can hold up to 285,120 meal servings. The reason for large scale distributions is simple economy of scale. However, Rise Against Hunger may be open to smaller distributions, particularly for those partners who wish to ship via air. As stated above, approved partners are required to cover all costs associated with transportation and importation.
Rise Against Hunger does not currently cover any transportation or importation cost. Each partner is responsible for covering these expenses. We believe that this cost sharing promotes partner accountability and encourages them to treat the shipment(s) as an investment and not a donation.
Rise Against Hunger partners with NGOs that run programs that offer education or services above and beyond feeding the hungry.
Rise Against Hunger has meal packaging locations across the U.S. and six international locations. All of our meals are packaged by volunteer groups. These volunteers fundraise to pay for the full cost of the meals.
Rise Against Hunger meals are dehydrated, high in protein and highly nutritious. They contain four ingredients–long grain white rice, texturized soy protein, dehydrated vegetable blend and a sachet of vitamin powder. Because the meal is fully dehydrated, it needs to be boiled in clean water to be eaten. You will find cooking instructions on each box of meals and on each bag of meals.
Rise Against Hunger does offer some in-kind aid other than meals. Although Rise Against Hunger will only procure and distribute goods that fit into our mission of reducing food insecurity and improving nutrition, partners are welcome to include their own aid on their shipments as long as these items are legal and safe to ship. Typical items that we make available to partners are medical hygiene supplies, soap and water filters.
Rise Against Hunger currently does not accept unsolicited grant requests.
Do you have additional questions? Rise Against Hunger will provide an online form for submitting questions during the first half of the open application period (August 1 to August 31). After the questions have been gathered, all the questions and responses will be posted online for applicants to read.