In October 2014, we launched a food innovation challenge in Atlanta. We put out a call for innovative ideas that improved the supply and/or demand of healthy, affordable, safe, and clean foods in Atlanta’s neighborhoods. We were thrilled to receive 46 extremely diverse applications, most of which were well designed, and all of which were passionate about tackling this systemic issue.
Of the 46, we selected 23 to interview. Some common themes among these were:
- Increasing Education: advancing curriculum inside/outside of classrooms around food
- Strengthening Retail: ranging from store infrastructure to adapting traditional Community Supported Agriculture models to fit the needs of economically diverse communities
- Creating Food Cooperatives: these ideas create food hubs, co-ops, and networks to create collective growth and impact
We're excited to announce our 12 winners that will go on to participate in our Food Access Civic Lab in February 2014. They will spend the next six months on design thinking workshops, business development, and becoming investment ready. The goal is to help them enter into pay for performance contracts by July 2015.