Open Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 31, 2023

Farmers Feeding Families

Request for Proposals

Started in 2017, Metro United Way’s Farmers Feeding Families (FFF) initiative connects local farmers and the larger agricultural community of Shelby County to opportunities that meet food insecurity needs in the county.  According to recent reports, 11.5% of the community struggled with food insecurity at the time this innovative program began.  Since the global pandemic started in 2020, Shelby County has seen that number rise to 15%, and the problem extends even further for the population under the age of 18.

Through Farmers Feeding Families, Metro United Way is able to reduce hunger and its associated health issues in our community by providing donations of produce and protein directly to local feeding programs, as well as direct financial support through periodic grant opportunities in the community. FFF is also part of Metro United Way’s strategic focus on ensuring a strong safety net of programs and services exists that address the health and basic needs of individuals and families in the community.

In this particular Request for Proposals, we seek to identify community programs and services that increase access to food and combat food insecurity in Shelby County. Our goal is to ensure that individuals are able to live healthy lives free from hunger and its associated health issues and move more freely toward self-sufficiency with this barrier removed.

This application will be open Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 31, 2023.  Available funding will be distributed to organizations whose work most closely aligns with the stated goals.  This is a one-year general operating grant and applications should be for services to be performed June 2023 through May 2024.  Organizations receiving grant funds must sign a grant agreement and agree to provide a brief report about how funds were used to Metro United Way within 30 days of the end of the grant period. Applicants will be notified via email regarding award status no later than May 5, 2023.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Location of Services
  • Impact on the Community
  • Program Sustainability
  • Urgency of Funding Request
  • Measurability of Impact

Eligibility Criteria

  • The Internal Revenue Service has ruled the applicant to be a federally recognized tax exempt, not-for-profit organization or the organization has an application in process and a fiduciary agent.
  • The applicant is seeking funds for programs, services, or strategies focused on combatting food insecurity for individuals and families in Shelby County, KY.
  • The applicant must be able to comply with MUW’s Grant Agreement (click here to view).
  • Organizations may only submit one application per agency for this particular Metro United Way funding opportunity.


  • If you would like to request access to the FFF request for proposal, please click here to do so.  You will receive credentials and a link to the application by email within 1 business day.
  • If your organization is selected to receive funding, you will be notified at the email address listed on the application.
  • A list of grants awarded will also be available on the Metro United Way website no later than June 30, 2023.
  • If you have additional questions, please email


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