ConAgra Foods plans to give $420,000 to nonprofits in nine states to help reduce child hunger.
The Omaha-based maker of Healthy Choice, Orville Redenbacher, Chef Boyardee and other branded food products picked the 11 grant winners out of more than 325 applicants for their innovative approaches.
ConAgra Foods Foundation vice president Kori Reed says more than 17 million American children live in homes where they don't always know where their next meal will come from.
The winners will receive between $20,000 and $60,000 apiece. The grants will go to groups in Albuquerque, N.M.; Rocky Mount, N.C.; Washington D.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Valdosta, Ga.; Saline, Mich.; Columbus, Ohio; New Orleans, La.; and Fresno, Oceanside and San Francisco, Calif.
Details about the projects are available online at www.conagrafoodsfoundation.org.