Area nonprofits receive grants from Mazon to fight hunger

The nonprofit Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, has announced its grant recipients for 2011, honoring 286 organizations worldwide with over $3 million.

In Northern California, the grant recipients include the Alameda County Community Food Bank; the California Association of Food Banks (Oakland); the Familia Center (Santa Cruz); the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; Food for People (Eureka); Grupo de la Comida (San Francisco); Jewish Family and Children’s Services (San Francisco); Plowshares (Ukiah); the San Francisco Food Bank; the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties; the St. Anthony Foundation (San Francisco); St. Josephs Family Center (Gilroy); Sunnyvale Community Services, and St. Mary’s Center (Oakland).

Mazon grants support the fight against hunger in the U.S., Israel and developing nations. Grantees represent the entire spectrum of the nation’s anti-hunger network, including food banks, food pantries, home-delivered meal and kosher meal programs, as well as advocacy organizations who work to expand participation in federal food assistance programs and develop lasting solutions to hunger.