ReFED, a multi-stakeholder nonprofit committed to scaling solutions to reduce food waste, has selected a local organization to participate in its inaugural Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator program.
Seeds That Feed (STF), a Northwest Arkansas food recovery nonprofit, was recently accepted into the ReFED’s Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator program, the only U.S. nonprofit wholly dedicated to reducing food waste. STF is one of ten US-based nonprofits, out of over 125 applicants, selected for participation. The Accelerator aims to catalyze ideas and inspire actions that lead to a doubling of healthy food available to the 40 million Americans facing food insecurity.
Thanks to the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, in partnership with +Acumen and in collaboration with a world-class, 50-member Expert Network of industry leaders, STF and nine other food recovery organizations will be developing scalable, money-generating ideas over the next three months. Each participating organization will receive $30,000, plus an additional $100,000 will be awarded to a selected winner at the end of the Accelerator.
ReFed Expert Network
“We are a small nonprofit with a big vision,” explains Alyssa Snyder, Co-founder and Chief Seeder at STF. “The opportunity to work alongside nine other like-minded organization, and in conjunction with an Expert Network of more than 50 leaders in the field, is an absolute game changer. Improving the lives of our neighbors through food is what drives us forward, and the opportunities ReFED is creating are quite literally providing the fuel that we’ve so desperately needed.”
STF will be working on its newest program, the pHed Initiative (pronounced ‘fed’). Working with regional farmers and healthcare providers, pHed provides direct-to-door access to free fresh produce and other healthy foods for home-bound and at-risk populations experiencing chronic illness.
The accelerator’s one-of-a-kind, highly customized curriculum will combine a virtual classroom with in-person ReFED Learning Labs in San Francisco and Chicago, that focus on co-creating earned revenue models and technology-enabled solutions using human-centered design.
ReFED Accelerator mentioned in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas