The Institute serves as a resource for the charitable food system by providing strategies for holistic solutions to hunger.
The Institute develops innovative and evidence-based programs that promote health and long-term solutions to hunger. We research different approaches to identify what works. We provide trainings and services so that others can implement best practices within the charitable food network.
Over the next three years, the Institute will:
- Increase access to healthy foods for vulnerable populations to reduce health disparities.
- Address root causes of hunger to increase economic stability and self-sufficiency.
- Identify best practices to reduce food insecurity through research and evaluation.
- Promote a paradigm shift from charitable food as an emergency response, to a holistic, person-centered approach as a long-term solution to hunger.
We are pleased to work with food banks and community partners on a consulting basis, and we have flexible fee structures based on the type of trainings and programming you are interested in. We can work with you to develop a consulting plan and budget to meet your needs.
Access to Healthy Food
We work to increase the supply and demand for healthy food. Supporting Wellness at Pantries (SWAP) is a stoplight system designed to help food banks and food pantries rank food nutritionally.
Addressing Root Causes
We know it takes more than food to end hunger. We provide tools, training, and guidance to help food banks and pantries more effectively address the root causes of hunger.
Research And Evaluation
We conduct research to identify promising practices in the charitable food system.
Shifting The Paradigm
We provide access to tools, resources, and educational seminars to promote systemic change in food banks and food pantries.