The ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely disrupted the food supply chain, resulting in a surge of on-farm food loss, food business closures, and a growing number of food insecure individuals. In response to these challenges, we have launched the ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund to quickly deliver vital funding to organizations that can rapidly scale food waste reduction and hunger relief efforts.

The Fund is distributing its first $1 million of grants to organizations that will - in the next 90 days - drive impact of more than a total of 10 million pounds of food waste prevented or 8.3 million meals rescued. We will continue to raise funds beyond this initial goal of $1 million, as well as showcase the work of the organizations receiving grants to help them attract additional funding and partnerships to fully scale their work.

The ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund is a streamlined, one-stop, rapid response vehicle delivering critical support to this important group of high-impact food waste organizations. 100 percent of what is donated will go directly to well-vetted food waste solution providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Although the first round of applications and grant awards is now closed, we continue to welcome additional submissions to be considered for future funding rounds and will review them on a rolling basis.

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How it works

The ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund distributes capital to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with scalable solutions ready to make an immediate impact across the U.S. food system over the next 90 days.

Funding to Scale up

$50,000 on average in non-recoverable grants provided to each awardee.

Application Process

One simple, straightforward application with submissions evaluated on a rolling basis using a robust set of eligibility and evaluation criteria.

Awardee Selection

Grants have been awarded to a portfolio of high-impact organizations selected from a national open call for COVID-19 food waste solutions.

The REFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund

Grants made to date:

Food Rescue US

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Boston Area Gleaners

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Brighter Bites

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DC Central Kitchen

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Food Connect

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Food Forward

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Harvard Food Law & Policy Clinic

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Harvest Against Hunger

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L&M Companies

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Lovin’ Spoonfuls

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Move for Hunger

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Natural Upcycling

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Partnership for a Healthier America

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Plentiful (City Harvest)

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White Pony Express

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Priority Solution Focus Areas

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Prevention and recovery of fresh and healthy otherwise wasted food, especially at the farm level

Increase the preservation and rescue of food that would otherwise go to waste through new sales markets, donation outlets, or processing techniques.

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Elimination of logistical constraints along the entire food supply chain

Increase the coordination and distribution of otherwise wasted food on a more frequent basis and in ways that account for the requirements of particular food types and form factors – as well as leveraging idle, available capacity such as cold storage.

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Last-mile delivery — distributing directly to end recipients, especially vulnerable populations facing food insecurity

Increase the delivery of nutritionally-rich food to individuals in a convenient and dignified way.

Eligibility Criteria

The Fund supports organizations that:

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Are applying on behalf of a social enterprise, benefit corporation, for-profit company, public-private partnership, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or fiscally-sponsored project headquartered and operating in the U.S.

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Have an annual revenue or operating budget of $500,000 or more.

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Support the mission of the ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund and are able to prevent and/or rescue U.S. food waste at least by 250 tons of food or 417,000 meals in the next 90 days.

Grant Application Evaluation Criteria

  • Focus Area: The solution aligns with at least one of the primary focus areas of the ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund.
  • Food Waste Impact: The solution can prevent and/or reduce a significant amount of food, especially healthy and nutritious products, from being wasted in the next 90 days (and hopefully beyond to increase resiliency of the food system long-term).
  • Scalability: Extraordinary vision to drive reach and scale in a sustainable way.
  • Social Impact: The solution meets the growing and dire needs of populations most heavily impacted by COVID-19, including but not limited to certain geographic locations, the elderly, and workers in the agriculture, hospitality, and healthcare industries. way.
  • Team: Well-positioned with relevant experience, expertise, and partners to succeed in meeting desired outcomes during the COVID-19 crisis, with a preference for organizations that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. If you are interested in reviewing the full set of application questions before applying click here.