Operation Support Grant

The application period for the 2016-2017 Operation Support Grant is now closed.

Operation Support (OS) grants, made available through the New York State Department of Health Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP), provide non-food support to eligible Emergency Food Programs (EFP) for items such as staff wages, utility bills, building space, disposable materials, and food service equipment/capital equipment. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The amount of an OS grant award is limited and variable, based on the annual state budget appropriations. Submission of an application does not guarantee receipt of an award. Agencies should not include OS funds as a guaranteed component of their annual budget.


To be eligible to apply for HPNAP OS funds, an EFP must have been providing emergency food service for at least six months at the time of application. An EFP must comply with the following eligibility criteria and be able to provide documentation of:

  • Nonprofit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Federal Tax Identification Number
  • Current tax exemption status
  • Proper food service permit if offering ready-to-eat meals

Food Bank of Central New York reserves the right to reject applications or lower funding allocations based on requests submitted in response to this application.

Documentation Submission Form