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Hannaford Charitable Foundation

Hannaford Charitable Foundation

Hannaford Supermarkets has a long history of supporting the people and the communities which we serve through volunteerism, donations, and community leadership. To build upon the long history of Hannaford charity, the Hannaford Charitable Foundation (HCF) was formed in 1994, and over the past 20 years, the Foundation has given over $14 million to support nonprofit organizations. The Hannaford Charitable Foundation is one of a number of ways in which Hannaford Supermarkets supports its communities, including United Way support, the Hannaford Scholarship program, in store promotions, as well as specific programs such as Hannaford Helps Fight Hunger and local community events and sponsorships.

Hannaford Charitable Foundation Mission

The mission of the Foundation is to invest in creating and sustaining healthy communities in the five-state area of our business. We do so through providing financial support to nonprofit organizations and programs that focus on improvement of the root causes impacting the quality of life for our customers, associates, and neighbors.  Our areas of focus for financial support are Food, Education, and Health.

Healthy Communities – HCF Focus Areas for support:

The foundation supports organizations in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont that focus on one of the following core components of healthy communities:

  • Food – Safe, stable access to healthy food is a critical component of a healthy community. HCF supports programs in longer-term solutions that will ensure safe, stable access to healthy food primarily through regional food banks in the markets we serve.
  • Education – Hannaford is committed to preparing our customers and neighbors for success by helping to deliver strong programs to prepare people through all stages of life for success in education and readiness to enter the workforce.
  • Health – We promote the health of residents in our communities through organizations that provide quality programs focusing on promoting healthy lifestyles and improved care.

In determining which organizations and programs to support, the Foundation considers the impact and outcomes to the community, prior support from HCF, and relative uniqueness of the program versus others in the community. Preference for funding is given to those that have the potential of providing ongoing services for a large segment of our customer base and communities.

Guidelines and Eligibility

To apply to the Hannaford Charitable Foundation, your program or organization must:

  • have an active and responsible board of trustees;
  • exhibit ethical publicity methods and solicitation of funds;
  • provide for an appropriate audit to reveal income and disbursements in reasonable detail;
  • demonstrate long-term financial viability;
  • be tax-exempt as described in both sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts or New York

The Hannaford Charitable Foundation generally does not offer support for:


  • Individuals
  • Political organizations
  • Fraternal or Religious organizations open to a restricted segment of the public
  • Private foundations
  • Operating budgets
  • Scholarship programs outside of the Hannaford Charitable Foundation Scholarship program
  • Public or private K thru 12 schools
  • Requests from outside our operating footprint

All contributions are made at the sole discretion of the Hannaford Charitable Foundation without consideration of race, creed, national origin or gender.

Application Process

Use the HCF Application Format (link below) and submit to the following address:

Hannaford Charitable Foundation
P.O. Box 1000
Portland, ME 04104

HCF Grant Application Form

Recent grants representative of the spread in geography and focus area. This list will include a brief sentence or two on the focus or impact of the grant. For example

The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston, MA
Support for the Fighting Hunger Feeding Hope capital campaign; the opening of a new distribution center

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, NH
Support for The Hannaford Special Care Nursery

Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Support for the Patient Pavilion Fund, the Hannaford NICU Family Kitchen

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Brattleboro, VT
Support for the Computer Physician Order Entry program

Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME
Support for the Capital Campaign for Facility Expansion

My Place Teen Center, Westbrook, ME
Support of a second site in Biddeford, ME

Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, ME
Continued support for LabVenture!

Vermont Food Bank
Support for equipment upgrades