Local Food at the College Level
The Henry P. Kendall Foundation is accepting applications for its 2019 Food Vision Prize.
Despite recent progress, regulatory, contractual, economic, food safety, and labor-related barriers persist that prevent New England colleges and universities from sourcing more of their food from the region. At the same time, these institutions represent a collective economic force that has the potential to significantly improve the region's food system, not only through greater regional procurement but by helping their students better appreciate the impact they have as consumers with the food choices they make.
To that end, the foundation launched the New England Food Vision Prize to raise awareness of the region’s food supply, encourage collaboration between food system stakeholders, and increase procurement and consumption of products grown, raised, or harvested in New England.
Through the program, as many as six prizes of up to $250,000 will be awarded to teams of New England college and university food services directors and community partners with a bold and innovative idea to strengthen the region’s food system.
To be eligible, teams must consist of at least two dining services programs at college or university campuses and may include any combination and number of additional partner organizations. Awards will only be made to a college or university as the nonprofit entity, and the educational institution must be located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, or Rhode Island.
Letters of Intent are due June 1, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 1, 2019.
See the Henry P. Kendall Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of last year's winners.