Educational institutions represent a collective force with the potential to significantly impact the region’s food system through greater regional procurement, and by helping students recognize the impact they have as consumers with the food choices they make. Despite progress in recent years, barriers persist that prevent our academic institutions from sourcing more regional food within their school cafeterias and dining halls.
Launched by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation in 2018, the New England Food Vision Prize Program aims to increase the amount of local and regional food prepared and served on New England college and university campuses and within K-12 public school districts, helping to strengthen the region’s food system. The Prize program, offered annually, awards grants up to $200,000 to winning teams.
Prizes are awarded to projects that build resilience, relationships, and capacity within New England’s academic institutional food supply chain, resulting in increased preparation, sourcing, serving, or use and consumption of local and regional food at K-12 schools and higher education institutions.
Past Prize Winners:
- In 2023, The Foundation awarded nine prizes totaling $1.4 million dollars to nine teams
- In 2022, The Foundation awarded eight prizes totaling $1.4 million dollars to eight teams
- In 2020 and 2021, the Prize was paused due to the pandemic-related interruptions experienced by our institutional partners
- In 2019, The Foundation awarded five prizes totaling $1.25 million dollars to five teams
- In 2018, The Foundation awarded five prizes totaling $1.25 million dollars to five teams
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