San Diego Food Funders

San Diego Food Funders (SDFF) is a funder collaboration facilitated by San Diego Grantmakers that supports the creation of an equitable food system by addressing hunger and other challenges. San Diego Food Funders currently focuses on youth meals.
Specific areas of interest include:
·  Opportunities to leverage public resources (e.g. federal funding for school meals)
·  Addressing operational inefficiencies in agency food acquisition and distribution
·  Supporting agriculture and food-related entrepreneurship

San Diego Food Funders Members


The San Diego Food Funders member collaboration was established in January of 2014 during a reception for local funders that was hosted by the national steering committee of Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders, San Diego Grantmakers, and the Leichtag Foundation, held at the Foundation’s Ranch in Encinitas. The first meeting took place in February with 13 members in attendance.

Current Collaborative Grantmaking

In 2017/18 San Diego Food Funders developed a grant focused on providing access to nutritious meals for children in San Diego County. Funders may contact Megan Thomas at megan[at] or 858-875-3332 with any questions or to join the funding pool. Read the overview of the RFP.

Nonprofits interested in applying, please note that this grant application cycle is closed. You may send questions to megan[at]sdgrantmakers.or.


Members of this collaboration may email one another at foodfunders[at]

PDF icon Funding Opp_SDFF.pdf4.52 MB
PDF icon RFP Overview 2017-12.pdf137.06 KB

Meetings & Materials

Click here to access past meeting materials.

SDFF meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month from 10:00AM-12:00PM, unless otherwise noted on the SDG calendar. The standing agenda for meetings includes:

  • “Landscape Learning” – presentations to help us better understand the context of our work
  • “Funding Opportunities” – members share opportunities for co-funding or worthy projects outside their funding parameters

Meetings are open to all staff, donors and trustees of SDG member organizations and other invited guests as appropriate.




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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF) is a national organization that’s mission is to create networking, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the philanthropic community working to support vibrant, healthy, and just food and farm systems.
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Robert Foster
Director of Impact Investments
San Diego Grantmakers

Direct: 858-500-3630
[email protected]