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4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640
USA

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We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

2016 Food to Market Challenge Grantee Convening

 

Evaluating an Innovative Local Food Grant Competition

One year after funding the 2016 Food to Market Challenge, a $500,000 grant competition to better connect and develop the Chicago region’s local food supply chain, Food:Land:Opportunity (FLO) sought to learn from their grantees’ successes and challenges. Foresight convened and facilitated a gathering of FLO staff and grantees to share lessons learned and best practices.

The Food to Market Challenge involved two key innovations: applicants were required to compete in teams of organizations representing different sectors in the local food supply chain; and their efforts were intended to yield both direct impact and capacity-building that benefited the local food system as a whole. Foresight’s pre-convening interviews, event design, and final report to FLO analyzed grantees’ accomplishments and barriers on three levels: collaboration within the cross-sector teams; interventions in the supply chain; and impacts across the larger local food system. These findings will inform FLO’s future funding and grantees’ ongoing project efforts.