Fresh Taste uses its resources to catalyze new food system work that will serve the Chicago region. Additionally, through the Good Food Fund, we support emerging initiatives that have the capacity to leverage opportunities in the region. Examples include:
Public Good Software
Our partnership with Public Good Software in 2015 created an effective channel for individual tax-deductible contributions to food system initiatives. Our goal was to help support the development of an ecosystem of food system organizations and the individuals who are passionate about them, to channel resources to this work that to-date have been more difficult to obtain, and to help organizations develop long-term relationships with individual donors.
LINK Up Illinois
Fresh Taste partnered with Experimental Station, Wholesome Wave, and the Illinois Farmers Market Association on LINK Up Illinois, an initiative to double the value of SNAP benefits at farmers markets statewide. This effort was intended to build support in the Farm Bill to provide incentives for SNAP purchases of farmers market produce. Fresh Taste provided initial staffing to the initiative, provided support from the Good Food Fund, and mobilized individual Fresh Taste member support for the first year of operation.
Forward Community Investments Financing Initiative for Food System Social Enterprises
Fresh Taste partnered with Forward Community Investments (FCI) to develop a robust technical assistance initiative linked with loans for food system businesses in Wisconsin. Fresh Taste awarded grants directly to FCI to hire staff and also provided the match for a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant to provide technical assistance.
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