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New Report: Funding the Foodshed

New Report: Funding the Foodshed

Arabella’s Good Food team has published a new report: “Funding the Foodshed: An Assessment of Funding Levels, Priorities, and Opportunities in the Chesapeake Region.”

Developed on behalf of Washington Regional Food Funders, the report provides in-depth analysis of the food funding landscape in the Chesapeake Bay region and is designed to help funders and others across that landscape work together more effectively to coordinate and amplify their impact.

The report notes that:

“Efforts to strengthen the Chesapeake foodshed have made great strides in recent years, and there is sustained momentum among funders, advocates, and others to solve the region’s most persistent challenges. Yet, given the large size and population of the region, and the scale of food system needs, funders must now capitalize on that momentum to support the organizations and programs that have been instrumental in bolstering the regional food system.”

It goes on to make four recommendations for funders:

  1. Develop a compelling narrative about the urgent and systemic challenges facing the regional food system.
  2. Strengthen the capacity for regional funder coordination across the entire foodshed to ensure existing funding is maximized to meet regional needs.
  3. Build bridges with funders from outside the regional food funding community to fill critical funding gaps in the foodshed.
  4. Look beyond philanthropy by leveraging funding from investors, government, and corporate sources

To download a copy of the report, click here.

To learn more about the work of our Good Food team, click here.

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