Judges named for Challenge

The competition just enlisted some big names to judge the finalists in the Food to Market Challenge: (L-R) Michael Ferro, Bob Mariano,
Alpana Singh, Chuck Templeton, Helene York.

Meet the Judges

Food to Market Challenge

$500,000 award to the multidisciplinary team that designs the most innovative solution to reconceive supply chain practices that today limit scale of the local food market.

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is a multi-year initiative that aims to create a resilient local food economy that protects and conserves land and other natural resources while promoting market innovation and building wealth and assets in the Chicago region’s communities.

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Funded through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust, Food:Land:Opportunity is a collaboration between Kinship Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust.

Kinship Foundation is a private operating foundation established to advance the institutional philanthropy of the Searle Family. The Foundation has three areas of focus: biomedical research, environmental conservation and education. Its work includes: developing and supporting Chicago-based grant making initiatives through the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; administering the Searle Scholars Program, a national biomedical research grant program; and operating Kinship Conservation Fellows, a global environmental leadership program.

The Chicago Community Trust is a community foundation that partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives and communities. Since its founding in 1915, the Trust has awarded approximately $2.3 billion in grants to thousands of local and national nonprofits, including $164.5 million in 2014. Throughout its Centennial year, the Trust will celebrate how philanthropy in all its forms—time, treasure and talent—strengthens the Chicago region and impacts the lives of others in countless ways.