By immersing a cohort of 10 nonprofit recovery organizations in a combination of virtual curriculum and in-person ReFED Learning Labs that focus on leveraging earned revenue models, technology solutions, and human-centered design, ReFED aims to catalyze ideas and inspire actions that will lead to a doubling of healthy food available to the 40 million Americans facing food insecurity.
Powered by a customized virtual curriculum plus a series of in-person ReFED Learning Labs, participants will be able to: Rapidly prototype new products and services that drive mission-aligned revenue, learn how to incorporate principles of human centered design that create a more dignified and convenient experience for end beneficiaries, adopt the use of innovative technologies to increase capacity, and network with Fortune 500 food businesses, capital providers, and industry-leading technology companies.
Each organization will receive $25,000 for participating and a travel stipend, plus an additional $100,000 will be awarded to selected winner(s).
Participants will have access to a range of tangible and intangible benefits, including publicity and brand exposure, access to ReFED staff and world-class mentors, as well as an invitation to the 2019 Food Waste Summit, hosted by ReFED.
ReFED has assembled a world-class group of food business and technology executives, capital providers and subject matter experts who will serve as the Accelerator’s Advisory Committee and Expert Network.
ReFED is looking for organizations that:
Are currently or expected to become US-based nonprofits in the food recovery space
Believe earned revenue models and technology solutions can help them scale significantly
Are willing to share best practices and partner with others across the nation to drive more impact
Are interested in designing solutions using a human-centered approach; ensuring more food is delivered in a dignified and convenient way
Have a full-time senior leadership member willing to commit the time to actively participate in the Accelerator’s virtual curriculum and in-person ReFED Learning Labs
Despite laudable efforts by a wide array of organizations, the vast majority of the 36 million tons of unsold food inventory generated within the value chain annually does not get recovered and distributed to people in need. Recovery efforts have historically been led by highly localized nonprofit organizations (86% of US recovery organizations are nonprofits and 75% are local in reach) that are often dependent on philanthropic funding, physical infrastructure and volunteer labor. While this model has been successful in feeding many of the food insecure on a local basis, it has proven challenging to scale nationally, or even regionally.
With nearly 40 million Americans facing food insecurity, there is an enormous need and opportunity for recovery organizations to deliver more food at scale and become operationally sustainable. Launching in September 2019, ReFED’s Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator will apply years of learning into a three-month program that will equip participants with the knowledge, network and capital they need to scale their impact by implementing earned revenue models and human-centered technology solutions. Learn about a few examples of these efforts already underway here.
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