Hunger Innovation Fellowship

In Louisville there are people who do not have easy access to quality, nutritious food, which we believe is a right. Food insecurity is a reality throughout the United States. Feeding America estimates that over 13 million American children go to bed hungry. Many of their parents can’t find a quality grocery store in their neighborhood, can’t afford to purchase enough food, or must choose between buying food and paying other living expenses. People often think food insecurity is confined to poverty; however, an ever-increasing number of sons and daughters of many working class families know hunger.

In our community many nonprofits and their partners are making tremendous strides. Lift a Life Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville want to join them to accelerate and elevate those efforts. Innovation can make the difference.

Hunger Persists. Solutions Exist. Are You Our Fellow? Give us a minute to help you decide.

What is the Hunger Innovation Fellowship?

The Hunger Innovation Fellowship is a collaboration of the Lift a Life Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville providing social, intellectual and financial capital for an individual or team to research opportunities for systems-level change within Louisville’s food ecosystem. Identified opportunities will have the potential to significantly accelerate and elevate the collective efforts of local organizations and their partners. Solutions may even inspire change for communities facing similar challenges The fellowship will be funded for one year with potential for renewal.

Why Innovation?

Innovation deliberately combines information, imagination, and initiative to create new ideas that satisfy a need. The for-profit sector harnesses it to generate breakthrough solutions resulting in thriving, profitable organizations. We believe innovation can be equally successful in addressing social-sector issues like hunger.

Our community’s nonprofit organizations and their partners are making tremendous strides against hunger. A difference making innovator partnering with local food organizations can inspire systems-level change that accelerates and elevates the local fight against hunger. Their progress may even help other communities. For a list of local partners click on the picture to the right.

Are You Our Fellow?

Our national search is for a difference making innovator who can see food access through a different lens. Applying knowledge and best practices from other sectors can potentially impact supply chains, data analysis, and client experiences for organizations battling food insecurity.

The fellow must have a proven track record of identifying problems, designing solutions, mastering relationships and realizing ideas. A candidate’s past experiences must demonstrate the competence and ability to create change that counters a longstanding, large scale challenge while building trust, growing relationships, and garnering commitment. Learn more about eligibility, expectations and our support for your work.

3 Stage Application Process

Applications and links open October 9, 2017 - noon EST on November 6, 2017. Fellow will be selected by December 15, 2017.

Applications are accepted from Oct 9, 2017 until noon, Nov 6, 2017. Carefully review the information in the 2018 Candidate Information Packet before completing the online application. The following link will take you to the Community Foundation of Louisville: Scholarship & Individual Support portal where you log on to access the application. First time users will need to create new account.

Learn about the process we will use to select up to 4 finalists here.

Learn about the process we will use to select the Hunger Innovation Fellow from the slate of finalists here.

This document contains answers to our most common questions. Please consult it before emailing Ramona for additional information.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity is the lack of an individual to easily access enough quality food for an active, healthy life. Learn from national and local organizations more about issues surrounding it.

Feeding America

Understanding Food Insecurity

Dare to Care Food Bank (Louisville)

Hunger 101

Kentucky Association of Food Banks

Hunger in Kentucky - 2014 Report

USDA Economic Research Service

National Geographic Magazine

The New Face of Hunger

For additional information about the Hunger Innovation Fellowship, please contact Ramona.

Ramona Lindsey
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Special Projects Coordinator
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