No project is the same as the other.
We're grateful for that. We weigh goals, context, timeline, and budget when customizing every engagement. Our clients include non-profit, for-profit, and governmental organizations. Some recent highlights:
Drive Change leverages the food truck business as a living classroom for young people in New York leaving prison and jail. Drive Change's fellowship helps them gain essential job and life skills and, thereby, new employment and educational opportunities. Food Works Group developed a financial and programmatic strategy for the organization's next phase, a large-scale commercial commissary and scaling the organization's one-year fellowship. The comprehensive plan included analysis of organizational structure, market opportunity, financial feasibility, fundraising capacity, core marketing strategy, and more.
Manna Food Center is the largest food security organization focused on Montgomery County, Maryland. Food Works Group developed the framework and performed the analysis of Manna's flagship, 24-site food distribution program, evaluating the efficiency, equity, and efficacy of current and prospective distribution sites. Soon after, our team was brought on to advise Manna on their contribution to the County Council-initiated Food Security Plan. We formulated recommendations to help transition the county's many dozen of hunger-relief agencies to more standardized data collection methods, including which data to collect to better understand the populations who visit hunger-relief agencies, to identify priority root causes of poverty, and to assess program success.
4P Foods is a consumer-facing food hub that aggregates produce, dairy, seafood, and meats from largely rural agricultural communities in the Mid-Atlantic and then distributes them each week to members in the D.C. metro area. Food Works Group was glad to have the opportunity to advise and strategize on fundraising that could help propel this mission-driven business forward.
Crossroads Community Food Network is building a healthier, more inclusive food system in Maryland’s Takoma/Langley Crossroads through their food access, education, and micro-enterprise training programs. Food Works Group advised CCFN on the fee structure and financial strategy for their new, shared-use community kitchen to be used for small-batch food production. This economic development asset will yield impact for individual entrepreneurs, as well as their communities.
Braise Worthy, launching this fall in the New York and New England regions, is an exciting new product line of frozen, slow-cooked dishes with unforgettably good flavor and stand-out ingredients from local farms. Food Works Group was brought on initially for recipe consultation and development, and we grew to be the founder's partner in business planning and strategy, ingredient sourcing, commercial production, market research, brand identity development, packaging, digital presence, and more. It's been a treat for us to be a part of the business from conception — as are the occasional tastings we get to participate in, too.
The Chesapeake Food Leadership Council, formerly a project of the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, aimed to promote healthy communities and a robust, sustainable Chesapeake Bay foodshed by leveraging the power of institutional food procurement across the region. Food Works Group conducted qualitative research to identify opportunities that could ignite progress in 'Farm to Institution' across the foodshed. We conducted interviews with approximately 40 producers, distributors, institutions, and other key stakeholders across the value chain; the analysis informed a set of 10 comprehensive recommendations.
The Good Acre is a food community that improves market opportunities for farmers and other food producers in the Twin Cities region while also increasing access to healthy, locally produced foods. Food Works Group supported TGA with brand development, creating a marketing toolkit with key messaging for digital and print collateral, and also editorial and art direction for a capabilities brochure.
MAZON is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. In a multi-year engagement, Food Works Group researched innovation in hunger-relief and community food security programs across the U.S. and also collaborated on the ideation of and assessing the feasibility of a national initiative focused on enhancing organizations’ capacity, as well as strengthening their food access programs and practices.
Future Harvest-CASA is a network of farmers, fishers, and eaters all helping to build a sustainable Chesapeake Bay foodshed through education, advocacy, and relationship building. Food Works Group led a training focused on how board members can develop into more effective 'ambassadors' for the organization; we also advised on fundraising strategies and opportunities.
US Healthful Foods Council and its REAL certification program provide market-based incentives to food service businesses nationally so they will improve their offerings of nutritious and sustainably produced foods. Food Works Group crafted grant proposals, wrote website content, and helped develop the program strategy for this national non-profit organization.
FRESHFARM is a non-profit that operates producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to farmers and producers, and also leads innovative philanthropic outreach programs that educate the public about food and environmental issues. Food Works Group conducted preliminary research for a comprehensive benchmark study of the Chesapeake Bay’s foodshed production and distribution systems. This included development of an advisory board, defining the foodshed, identification of partners, and estimated timeline and cost.
The Mid-Shore Food System Coalition identifies, prioritizes, and coordinates food-system improvements with an eye toward improving community resilience and triple-bottom-line sustainability. Food Works Group advised the leadership on the creation of their charter documents, including drafting mission, vision, structure, and a strategic plan — all with the goal of strengthening food security, regional agriculture, and environmental sustainability in the five-county Mid-Shore region of Maryland.
Potter's House is a non-profit cafe, bookstore, and social-justice themed community space in Washington, D.C. Food Works Group helped formulate the vision and plan for their major renovation, including consultation on the physical re-design, menu development for the cafe, facilitation of partnerships with other mission-driven organizations, and sourcing of high-quality, local ingredients.
Food Day raises awareness surrounding food issues in the U.S., including nutrition education, sustainable agriculture, food insecurity, farm animal welfare, and farm and food service worker rights. Our team helped plan and manage 120 events across one week as part of the D.C. launch.