The ReFED Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator
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The 2019 ReFED Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator
The Food Recovery Opportunity
Before COVID-19, up to 40 percent of perfectly good food was wasted, while one in seven Americans were identified as food insecure, illustrating an opportunity to enact systems-level change to enhance the food system, reduce waste, and ensure that food ultimately goes towards serving its highest purpose of feeding people in a dignified manner.
ReFED saw this opportunity and in the Fall of 2019 launched its Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator with support from the Walmart Foundation and in partnership with +Acumen.
The Accelerator immersed 10 nonprofit food recovery organizations in a combination of virtual curriculum and in-person ReFED Learning Labs. Its focus was on leveraging earned revenue models, technology solutions, and human-centered design to catalyze ideas and inspire actions that could help the organizations overcome challenges that have limited their ability to scale solutions to increase the amount of healthy food available to food insecure Americans.
The 2019 ReFED Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator was generously supported by the Walmart Foundation and in partnership with +Acumen.
The ReFED Expert Network
ReFED assembled a world-class group of food business and technology executives, capital providers, and subject matter experts so serve as the Accelerator’s Expert Network.
In the Press
"Cost-Effective, Scalable Solutions.” Behind a New Push to Reduce Food Waste
ReFED Announces Plentiful as $100,000 Winner of Industry-First Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator
ReFED announces $400K for first Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator cohort
How it Works
Powered by a customized virtual curriculum plus a series of in-person ReFED Learning Labs, participants will be able to: Rapidly prototype new products and services that drive mission-aligned revenue, learn how to incorporate principles of human centered design that create a more dignified and convenient experience for end beneficiaries, adopt the use of innovative technologies to increase capacity, and network with Fortune 500 food businesses, capital providers, and industry-leading technology companies.
What's on Offer
Participants will have access to a range of tangible and intangible benefits, including publicity and brand exposure, access to ReFED staff and world-class mentors, as well as an invitation to the 2019 Food Waste Summit, hosted by ReFED.
Each participant will be provided $25,000 and a stipend to cover travel expenses, plus an additional $100,000 awarded to the selected winner(s).
Are currently or expected to become US-based nonprofits in the food recovery space
Believe earned revenue models and technology solutions can help them scale significantly
Are willing to share best practices and partner with others across the nation to drive more impact
Are interested in designing solutions using a human-centered approach; ensuring more healthy food is recovered in a dignified and convenient way
Have a full-time senior leadership member willing to commit the time to actively participate in the Accelerator’s virtual curriculum and in-person ReFED Learning Labs
Reports & Resources
Scaling Food Recovery and Hunger Relief: Learnings from ReFED’s Nonprofit Food Recovery Accelerator
Our new report offers guidance to the entire food system on how to support innovative food recovery organizations as they scale their work to reduce food waste and fight hunger. Includes best practices, case studies, and expert insights from a network of world-class food business and technology executives, capital providers, innovators, and subject matter experts.
Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Eric Davis & Justin Block, Feeding AmericaRead Article
Accelerator Expert Network Knowledge Series: Thomas McQuillan from Baldor Specialty FoodsRead Article
ReFED Launches Nonprofit Accelerator, Funded by Walmart Foundation, to Double Food DonationsRead Article
“The Accelerator has been invaluable for helping us understand our potential. When City Harvest and United Way of New York City rolled Plentiful out in our service area, we saw the impact it could have — but thinking about how to scale it across the country required hope and guidance, which we gained from the Accelerator and its Expert Network.”
“Supporting programs that expand access to healthier food is critical for improving the health of communities. The results of the ReFED Accelerator program demonstrate the incredible amount of innovation each of these organizations brings to this issue and show the kinds of impact that can be created when they are given the tools and resources to move fast and make change.”
“ReFED created space, provided time, and gave resources for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine to explore new earned revenue streams and delve into experimentation. It was a much cherished opportunity to expand the way we achieve our mission.”
“The education, the relationships built, plus the exposure gained from the Accelerator have been invaluable. I would recommend this to any organization – not just food recovery leaders,”
“The opportunity to work alongside nine other like-minded organizations and in conjunction with an Expert Network of more than 50 leaders in the field is an absolute game-changer. Improving the lives of our neighbors through food is what drives us forward, and the opportunities ReFED is creating are literally providing the fuel that we’ve so desperately needed.”
If you are a food recovery innovator, register for ReFED's Solution Provider Directory to join the growing network of solution providers and learn about upcoming opportunities to grow your impact.
If you have a question related to the Accelerator, please email [email protected].