Ben’s Original™ Introduces New Scholarship To Help People From Underserved Communities Pursue Food Industry Careers

First Phase of the ‘Seat at the Table Fund’ to Launch in U.S. in Partnership with the National Urban League and UNCF to Support Black Students 

Mars Food’s Ben’s Original™ brand launched a new scholarship fund – the Seat at the Table Fund – to give people from underserved communities around the world interested in careers in the food industry the educational and mentorship opportunities they deserve so their ideas and voices can be heard and appreciated by all.

The first phase of the Ben’s Original’s Seat at the Table Fund will launch in the U.S., where the brand partnered with National Urban League to create a scholarship to support Black students interested in food industry careers. The scholarship will cover education-related expenses for students towards the completion of either a food science or culinary arts certificate, Associate or Bachelor’s degree. The National Urban League will support scholarship recipients to help them successfully complete their education and prepare for and secure a rewarding career. UNCF (United Negro College Fund) will manage and administer the fund on behalf of Ben’s Original.

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“Made For More” Small Business Fund Launched By The Makers Of Ball® Home Canning Products

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Milk Bar Founder Christina Tosi Partners to Award $110,000 in Small Business Grants

Newell Brands, the maker of Ball® home canning products, the iconic American brand and trusted authority in canning and fresh preserving, today announced the launch of the Made For More Small Business Fund. The brand will award $10,000 to 10 U.S.-based small businesses who have gone above and beyond to support their local communities during the pandemic.

From honey farms and hot sauce startups, to restaurants and bakeries, countless small businesses use Ball brand home canning jars and lids every day to share their products with customers. Small businesses who use Ball brand home canning products in some way are encouraged to submit to the program for a chance to win.

“Small businesses are the heart of our country and our Ball brand home canning products business. We have been moved by the support our small business customers have shown their communities this past year, and they’ve inspired us to do more as well. We have created the Made For More Small Business Fund to celebrate and honor them, offering our platform to further their businesses and provide monetary funds to help them grow,” says Kris Malkoski, CEO, Food Business Unit at Newell Brands.

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Dine Diaspora Opens Nominations for 2021 Black Women in Food Honors

It’s been a year of uncertainty, yet Black women have been resilient and steadfast in their contributions within the food and beverage industry around the world.

It’s time to honor their efforts from kitchens to boardrooms. During Women’s History Month in March, Dine Diaspora honors 31 dynamic Black women in the food and beverage industryNominations are open for you to submit accomplished Black women along the 6 categories of Game Changer, Innovator, Trailblazer, Creator, Culinarian and Amplifier.

Nominate by January 8, 2021 by going here.


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Nominate Someone Making A Difference For Jersey Mike’s Sub Abover Grants

Know someone who’s going above and beyond to make a difference in your community? Nominate them for a $5,000 Sub Abover Grant from Jersey Mike’s Subs to help them make an even bigger impact.

From now through January 6, 2021, go to to nominate an individual who is making a difference. As a reward, Jersey Mike’s will send you a coupon good for $2 off any sub.

“Every day, individuals and organizations are making a big difference in our local communities,” said Rich Hope, Chief Marketing Officer, Jersey Mike’s Franchise Systems, Inc. “Jersey Mike’s is presenting these grants to help community leaders expand their important work at a time when they are challenged more than ever due to the pandemic.”

For the fourth year, the company will award five Sub Abover Grants. Last year’s winners were selected from nearly 7,000 nominations from across the country (Meet the Sub Abovers). The 2021 award-winners will be named in February 2021.

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Founder of Black-Owned Food and Beverage Solutions Provider Wins $25k Grant

Samia Bingham, founder of Flavors, a member-based, commercial kitchen and workplace incubator with a focus on elevating culinary entrepreneurs in underserved minority communities, has been awarded a grant for $25,000 by American Express and IFundWomen of Color. “We feel especially grateful this holiday season to be recognized by IFundWomen of Color and American Express. This grant will help Flavors to get that much closer to executing on our vision to open our culinary complex while supporting the hardest-hit industry due to COVID-19 which is food and beverage,” Samia says.

In 2021, Flavors will open their first shared commercial kitchen space as a service to food entrepreneurs large and small throughout the Washington DC region. The Flavors concept blossomed from Samia’s real estate career and her husband’s love for the culinary arts and his shift to a plant-based lifestyle.

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