The Henry P. Kendall Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 New England Food Vision Prize, a multi-year commitment aimed at building resiliency, relationships, and capacity within New England’s farm to institution food supply chain. Twenty-four project teams submitted innovative ideas for the 2022 Prize. A total of eight were chosen as this year’s winners, bringing together public school districts and higher education institutions with farmers and fishers, distributors, food hubs, and other food system stakeholders to expand collaboration and increase regionally produced food in education institutions across New England.
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (ME), in collaboration with Portland Public Schools and Westbrook Public Schools, was awarded $170,900 to develop a holistic approach to building demand for and increasing consumption of New England seafood in K-12 schools. Utilizing local seafood, project partners will develop shareable, culturally diverse seafood recipes, train staff on how and why to serve local seafood, and develop a seafood- focused curriculum to connect the cafeteria to the classroom.
Vital Communities (VT), in collaboration with Global Village Foods, the University of Vermont, and the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success, was awarded $199,929 to develop a regional farm ingredient sourcing supply channel that supports the significant growth that Global Village Foods is anticipating for their allergy-friendly, culturally-relevant, ready-to-eat meals into institutional food service channels and beyond.
CLiCK, Inc (CT), in collaboration with EastCONN, was awarded $199,856 to support the expansion of processing infrastructure at CLiCK, the only food hub in Eastern Connecticut. EastCONN, a public, nonprofit, regional education service center will partner with CLiCK to purchase products with no minimum weight requirement from local farmers, to process and package on-site for distribution to their educational sites throughout Connecticut.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank (ME), in partnership with Sodexo, Native Maine, WR Allen, and Jasper Wyman & Son, was awarded $200,000 to support the sales and marketing efforts of its Harvesting Good line of products, improving access to nutritious food for people experiencing food insecurity and strengthening regional food systems by strengthening the food processing infrastructure in the Northeast.
The Center for an Agricultural Economy (VT), in collaboration with the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union, the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union, Dartmouth College, and other higher education and healthcare institutional partners, was awarded $125,000 to bridge the market gap between local farms and regional institutions, bringing their “Just Cut” program to full operational capacity and resulting in an additional 30,000 pounds of local produce processed annually and served in regional institutions.
Massachusetts Farm to School (MA), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, was awarded $149,500 to catalyze new purchasing of regionally grown and harvested food, significantly altering the farm to school supply chain landscape across the Commonwealth. Together, they will support a network of regional food hubs and farms to provide all eligible K-12 public schools in Massachusetts with locally grown, caught, and produced foods and build systems to bring lasting impact, leveraging a one-time infusion of USDA federal funds for local food purchases.
NOFA-VT (VT), the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, in partnership with Vermont Bean Crafters, the University of Vermont, and Sodexo, was awarded $168,034 to increase institutional purchasing of Vermont-grown, pre-cooked, frozen, organic beans. Prize funding will go towards greater storage and processing capacity and other market developments, allowing Vermont Bean Crafters to aggregate, dry, and store beans from various Vermont producers wishing to enter the institutional market.
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (ME), in collaboration with the Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative, Maine Food Group, and Isuken Cooperative, was awarded $200,000 for the Maine Marinara Collaborative, bringing together local supply chain partners to deliver a regionally-sourced, Maine-processed marinara product for institutional use.
The New England Food Vision Prize, named for the regional goal of producing 50% of New England’s food within the region by 2060, was launched in 2018 by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. Its focus is to combine the food purchasing power of educational institutions in the region with the engagement of its students – the future consumers in the region – to increase the amount of regionally produced food on their menus.
The Prize was suspended for two years during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020 and 2021). The 2022 Prize expanded eligibility and focus from colleges and universities to include school districts, other institutions, and community-based organizations across New England.
The Henry P. Kendall Foundation would like to thank its panel of expert proposal reviewers: Julianne Stelmaszyk, Joy Gary, Katelyn Porter, Latha Swamy, Lynn Ellen Schimoler, and Stephanie Deason.