For food service leaders on New England's college and university campuses to advance their big ideas.

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Launched by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation in 2018, the New England Food Vision Prize Program awards as many as six prizes of up to $250,000 each to help New England college and university food service directors launch their bold and innovative ideas to strengthen the region's food system.

In 2018, the Foundation awarded $250,000 prizes to five teams of institutions and community partners. In 2019, as many as six teams will receive awards of up to $250,000 each.

The Prize Program is designed 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.


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.

The New England Food Vision Prize is designed to support ideas that result in higher procurement of regional food by institutions, more regional food on campus menus, and increased demand for regional food by students while on campus and beyond the campus as alumnae.


The Foundation will release final criteria for the 2019 Prize in March.

The New England Food Vision Prize will support, inspire, and launch bold new ideas that will leverage the market power of colleges and universities to contribute to Food Solutions New England's 50 by 60 goal. 2018 winning proposals were selected based on their commitments to the following:

Project teams represented collaborations among at least two New England colleges or university food service programs to advance the goal, encouraging the breaking down of silos and barriers to progress.

Ideas went beyond the dynamics at play on any one campus. They were designed for sharing, adaptation, transferability and scalability by others in the region.

Ideas were based on a systems-approach and designed to last. Ideas for the Prize supported the near-term increase of regional food on campus and projected to generate positive economic impact in the region over the long-term.

Applicants shared ways they planned on quantifying and qualifying progress on increasing regional food procurement and generating increased demand for regional food.

The march toward 2060 will be driven by smart investment, strategic innovation, and the voices of a loud and diverse coalition insisting on change. 2018 Prize winners demonstrated how their ideas contribute to this larger drum beat through organizing, engaging, advocating, or educating.


The Foundation will release the detailed timeline and process in March. It will consist of a Letter of Interest phase, where team members will have the opportunity to briefly explain the idea, how it will meet the basic criteria, and who will collaborate to realize the idea. Letters of Interest will be reviewed by the Foundation and a final round of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

We expect Letters of Interest to be due in late spring, full applications to be due in early fall and public winner announcements to be made in early winter.

A detailed set of criteria, deadlines, and FAQs will be released in March.


1. Take advantage of the early bird discount and register for the 2019 Farm to Institution Summit April 2-4, 2019. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the Prize and connect with potential collaborators from across New England.

2. Keep an eye out for future communications about Round 2 of the New England Food Vision Prize.

3. Start thinking about how you can shape the future of our food system!

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