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Organic Seed Alliance

https://seedalliance.org

National

Port Townsend, WA

2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

OSA’s proposed project to the UNFI Foundation is to expand our education and outreach programs to ensure that more organic farmers have the skills they need to grow and steward the seeds that feeds us. Because gaps remain in the organic seed supply, training more seed growers is one of the most impactful ways in modern times to support organic food security. This outreach will focus on young, beginning, and socially disadvantaged organic farmers in particular.

Pie Ranch

https://www.pieranch.org

Pacific

Pescadero, CA

2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

Advance childhood nutrition education

Pie Ranch is an organic farm and nonprofit education center near Pescadero, CA, with a mission to cultivate a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships. Our purpose is to change the food system and grow healthy, resilient communities where all people can access nutritious food. Pie Ranch strives to integrate racial justice and anti-oppression work into every aspect of our organizational culture, strategies, and programs.

Pilot Light

https://pilotlightchefs.org

Central

Chicago, IL

2020

Advance childhood nutrition education

Pilot Light’s Food Education Center (FEC) was launched in December 2019 to give teachers everywhere access to health-promoting food education lessons that align with recipes featuring healthy foods. We have read about the link between COVID-19 related deaths and obesity and underlying conditions that can be prevented with better nutrition and healthier eating habits. We also know that families in lower-income areas are more likely to lack access to healthy food and food education. So, at this time in our history, it is particularly important to share our lessons with as many communities in need as possible.

Project Angel Heart

https://www.projectangelheart.org

Southern

Denver, CO

2021, 2020, 2019

Improve access to fresh, healthy food

 We prepare and home-deliver meals to neighbors living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, kidney/heart/lung disease, and other chronic illnesses throughout Colorado. The meals we provide are medically tailored as they are approved by a registered dietitian and use evidence-based guidelines to ensure positive health outcomes. We tailor our meals to meet the individual and medical dietary needs of our clients, combining medical diets (i.e. renal-friendly, heart-healthy), with modifications for allergies (i.e. gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free), side-effects, medications (i.e. low-vitamin K), and texture (i.e. pureed, fork-tender). Each meal we provide is made from scratch using fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients, ensuring we never repeat recipes within a three-month period. Each week, each client and their dependents (i.e. children, elderly parents) receives a delivery to their home of either 7 or 14 frozen meals, as well as sides.

Recipe for Success Foundation

https://hopefarmshtx.org

Southern

Houston, TX

2021, 2020, 2019

Improve access to fresh, healthy food

Hope Farms is a vibrant greenspace that serves as a neighborhood catalyst, promoting a culture of health and community empowerment in a blighted, low-income community. With its holistic approach to health and community development, Hope Farms is transforming the struggling Sunnyside area through grassroots initiatives and environmental awareness.

Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Inc.

https://rockymountainseeds.org

Pacific

Ketchum, ID

2021, 2020

Increase the supply of organic food

The Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to assure an abundant and diverse supply of local seeds for the Rocky Mountain region through education, networking, and establishing community-based models of seed stewardship. People are waking up to the vital importance of seeds, and a seed saving movement is growing around the world to revive this ancient practice. Through our programs, we help communities collect, preserve, and share their own unique and adapted seeds. Our programs focus on (1) educating people about seeds in local, organic food systems and (2) connecting communities to seeds and seed stewards. Specific programs include our Rocky Mountain Heritage Grain Trials Program (HGTP) helping to grow seeds and awareness of nearly 300 nutritionally and ecologically valuable grains and pseudo-grains now hard to find in the Mountain West's farms and marketplaces. Other programs include our Seed Stewards program that connects seeds and seed stewards regionally, our Seed and Grain Schools that help educate citizens about growing local seeds and grains for truly local food systems, and our Seed Teacher Training courses that help enable seed teachers to teach in communities all over the US and beyond.

Rodale Institute

https://organicfarmersassociation.org

National

Kutztown, PA

2021, 2017, 2014

Increase the supply of organic food

Organic Farmers Association provides a strong and unified national voice for domestic certified organic producers. We achieve this by developing and advocating policies that benefit organic farmers; strengthening and supporting the capacity of organic farmers and organic farm organizations; supporting collaboration and leadership among state, regional and national organic farm organizations; and welcoming support and cooperation with like-minded individuals and organizations.

Sacramento Loaves and Fishes

https://sacloaves.org

Pacific

Sacramento, CA

2020, 2019

Provide hunger relief for vulnerable populations

Founded in 1983, Loaves & Fishes began as a soup kitchen. Today, we offer 16 comprehensive programs and services, to those with the greatest needs— adults and children living in extreme poverty or homelessness. Our mission is to create an environment of welcome, hospitality, safety, and cleanliness to all who seek survival services without barriers or judgement. Hunger is the greatest need we meet by serving a midday meal 364 days per year and a warm breakfast every weekday morning to 1,000 guests daily. Guests have access to restrooms, showers, mail services, survival supplies, and resource counseling. Additional on-campus services address physical or mental health concerns, substance use disorders, children's educational and health needs, legal issues, and community service options. There are also external resources who visit the campus to provide onsite self help housing, health and veterinary care. For many — especially those battling chronic homelessness or severe mental health issues — this may be their only connection to nutrition, essential survival services, and supplies, health evaluations, and the caring attention of our dedicated staff and volunteers. In the face of COVID-19, at the closing of local eateries and restaurants many guests have expressed that the Dining Room program is their only meal of the day.

Salem Pantry Inc.

https://www.thesalempantry.org

Atlantic

Salem, MA

2021

Provide hunger relief for vulnerable populations

The mission of The Salem Pantry is to eradicate hunger in the Salem community by
providing residents in need with nutritious foods in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. In operation since 1991, The Salem Pantry currently provides food to residents of Salem weekly through mobile distribution sites, plus deliveries to home bound individuals and households that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Second Chance Foods

https://secondchancefoods.org

Atlantic

Carmel, NY

2021

Improve access to fresh, healthy food

Second Chance Foods elevates the health of people and planet by recovering nutritious food from local sources, provides it to organizations that address food insecurity, in order to break the cycle of wasted food and food insecurity.