The Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) Camden Food Innovation Fund has awarded $80,000 in grants to three local organizations for programs that innovatively increase access to healthy food and create economic opportunity in Camden City. The fund was created in partnership with Campbell Soup Company’s Healthy Communities Program, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Wells Fargo Regional Community Development Corporation, and TD Charitable Foundation with each funder contributing to the pooled fund.
A grant of $30,000 was made to Cathedral Kitchen to scale up its contract meal program, a social enterprise serving residential facilities for people who are homeless. The Food Trust was granted $22,500 to integrate a new “Food Bucks” coupon program into its Camden Healthy Corner Store Network to offer discounts on health food purchases. Parkside Business and Community in Partnership received $27,500 to construct and administer its Learning Garden, which will offer programs to community residents on growing and distributing produce, and nutrition.
"Camden City has a dynamic group of nonprofits serving many needs. These recipients are dedicated to improving the city’s food system by increasing access to healthy food and doing so in a way that positively impacts the local economy. Our goal is to support these extraordinary nonprofits with flexible social capital to advance their work," said CFSJ executive director Sidney Hargro.
A selection committee composed of food system experts and philanthropic professionals chose the three winning proposals, which prioritized creativity and social entrepreneurship.