Food waste prevention innovators sought

WESTERVILLE — The Kroger Co. has announced the launch of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund and calls for supports of the company’s plan designed to end hunger in its communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

Kroger invites eligible innovators to submit a letter of intent, through March 4, for ideas and solutions to prevent food waste.

“Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste effort is at the forefront of shaping the national discussion around how to end hunger and eliminate waste at scale across America,” Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs, stated in a press release. “Achieving Zero Hunger | Zero Waste requires creative ideas and scalable solutions to disrupt the food system as we know it. Through Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund, we seek to partner with creative thinkers and innovators who share our vision for a better world. Kroger’s history of generosity is captured in the forward-looking mission of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, and we are committing up to $1 million in grants for the first cohort to inspire and capture the innovative thinking required to fix our country’s hunger-food waste paradox.”

Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund is a signature program of The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, a new public charity designed to funnel collective action and direct resources where they are needed most to help transform communities.

For the inaugural open call, Kroger plans to award grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 per project, prioritizing emerging technologies and ideas focused on food waste prevention. Proposals will be evaluated by the board of directors for The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, as well as an advisory council of leaders from several organizations.

According to company officials, criteria includes alignment with Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, potential for positive impact in U.S. communities served by the Kroger Family of Companies, ease of implementation, geography, and measurability and scalability.

Applicants must submit letters of intent by March 4 to receive a chance to be selected as finalists and provide full applications for grant consideration. Grant recipients will be announced in the spring.

To learn more about the inaugural call and how to apply, visit https://innovationfund.kroger.com

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