2024 COLLEGE MEAL PACKS FOR 9/11 DAY APPLY NOW FOR YOUR GRANT
With the help of grant funding from AmeriCorps, this program brings
9/11 Day meal packs to college campuses, providing students with an opportunity to give back to those in need
during the month of September, in observance of 9/11 Day. Campus service events focus on packing healthy
non-perishable meals for people who are at risk of hunger, both on campus and in grantee schools’ local
communities, while helping build awareness of the 9/11 Day of Service.
We are now accepting grant applications from U.S. colleges and
universities interested in participating in our 2024 College Meal Pack for 9/11 Day Program. Application
Deadline is December 15, 2023. See FAQ below for more information.
University of Alabama, Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois
Monroe College New Rochelle, New York
Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas
Sul Ross State University Alpine, Texas
University of New England Portland, Maine
Boise State University Boise, Idaho
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas
Morgan State University Baltimore, Maryland
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio
University of North Georgia Dahlonega, Georgia
Frequently Asked Questions
9/11 Day is the nonprofit organization, created by 9/11 families, that was
for establishing September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law. 9/11 Day now works
closely with AmeriCorps to implement a number of important grant programs that encourage volunteerism in
observance of the 9/11 anniversary. The overall mission of this program is to transform the 9/11 anniversary
into the nation’s largest annual day of service, and to encourage tens of millions of Americans to join together
in unity and in service on 9/11 in tribute to those lost and injured in the 9/11 attacks, along with the many
others who rose in service in response to the tragedy. Across the nation, among our many programs, 9/11 Day
organizes large meal packing events in observance of the federally-recognized 9/11 National Day of Service. In
2023, we staged 19 projects, which mobilized 22,000 volunteers and generated seven million meals for Americans
at risk of hunger.
In 2023, for the first time, 9/11 Day and AmeriCorps partnered to bring this meal
program to 11 college campuses, providing students with an opportunity to learn about and remember 9/11 by
giving back to their communities. These service events focus on packing healthy non-perishable meals for people
who are at risk of hunger, both on campus and in grantee schools’ local communities, while helping build
awareness of the 9/11 Day of Service. More than 3,300 students packed 820,000 meals for those in need at their
schools, and in their local communities.
Thanks to additional AmeriCorps and private funding, 9/11 Day will be expanding
program in 2024, with the goal of engaging as many as 25+ U.S. college campuses and 10,000 student volunteers to
pack and distribute three million meals for those experiencing food insecurity.
A total of up to $500,000 in funding provided by AmeriCorps and 9/11 Day has been
set aside to support this program. Grantees select what size event they’d like to stage. Schools must pack a
minimum of 50,000 meals, but can choose to organize a larger project, up to 100,000 meals. Grantees will then
receive 50% of the costs of the meals they plan to pack, and will be required to “match’ that amount. In other
words, for a 50,000 meal packing event, grantees will receive $10,000 in seed funding, and will be required to
raise the additional $10,000. For a 100,000 meal event, they receive $20,000 in seed funding and will be
required to raise an additional $20,000. Matching funds will need to be raised by June 1, 2024.
Usually, a school would need to recruit a minimum of 200 volunteers, each of whom
would pack meals for about 90 minutes. Or the school could shorten the meal packing period to about 45 minutes,
which would allow more student-volunteers to participate.
To be considered for a grant under this program, an official administrator or
faculty representative of your school or student organization will need to complete an online application. Here
is the link: APPLICATION LINK. The deadline to submit an application is DECEMBER 15, 2023. Winners will be
notified no later than January 26, 2024. Applicants will need to demonstrate an ability to organize a project of
this nature, with the capacity to raise the matching funds required.
Yes, all fully accredited universities or colleges in the United States are
eligible to apply.
Each grantee school selects and coordinates with their own individual distribution
partner, or partners. They can be local food banks, on-campus pantries, local non profits, churches, or other
The program provides grantees with all equipment and meal ingredients, event
planning tools/guidebook and support
hotline, partial funding and fundraising link (optional). In addition to raising a portion of funds (see above),
grantees will be required to find and manage venues, to recruit/manage staff and meal packing volunteers, and to
arrangements with a local food bank or other beneficiary re: donation of meals.