Meet our 2021
Innovators

The Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation Innovation Fund helps fill the gap in philanthropic funding needed to support entrepreneurs and creative thinkers with solutions to improve food security and prevent food waste.

In 2019, an enormous 35% of all food in the United States went unsold or uneaten. That’s $408 billion worth of food – roughly 2% of U.S. GDP – with a greenhouse gas footprint equivalent to 4% of total U.S. GHG emissions. This means 52 million tons of food waste sent to landfill annually, plus another 10 million tons that is discarded or left unharvested on farms. Meanwhile, over 40 million Americans struggle with hunger.



2021 Call for Applications

The 2021 Call for Application is closed.

For our 2021 open call, we’re excited to collaborate with Village Capital to help source, understand and unlock capital to support innovative solutions that prevent, recover and recycle food waste.

We encouraged applications from innovators building high-growth, scalable solutions focused on the following challenge:

We seek to reshape the food system by supporting innovators who are elevating food to its highest use and disrupting the linear supply chain. This could include solutions such as imperfect produce lines, upcycled foods & meal kits, upcycled commercial ingredients and more.

We believe in the potential for innovation to help reinvent the food system and tackle the gaps between production and consumption to ensure food never arrives in the landfill.

To learn more about how we developed the challenge and food systems innovation, read the market assessment here.

Meet the 2021 Cohort



Are You An Investor?

If you are an investor interested in supporting innovators who are elevating food to its highest use and disrupting the linear supply chain, join the Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation Investor Coalition.

Investors in the Coalition can source, assess, share and fund investment-ready opportunities quickly and efficiently with Abaca & support from the Village Capital team.

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Advisory Committee

Our search for the best innovations is informed by an advisory committee made up of investors, entrepreneurs and experts who work in and around the food system. Special thanks to the advisory committee members from these leading organizations for reviewing proposals and identifying top opportunities for preventing and reducing food waste.

Philip Behn
Philip Behn

CEO, Imperfect Foods

Adam Behrens
Adam Behrens

Co-Founder & CEO, Mori

Sharon Bort
Sharon Bort

Senior Officer, Sustainability Community, MIT Solve

Tony Bova
Tony Bova

Co-Founder & CEO, Mobius

Emily Broad Leib
Emily Broad Leib

Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Dan Butt
Dan Butt

Senior Manager at Innovation, Feeding America

Alexandria Coari
Alexandria Coari

Vice President, Capital & Innovation, ReFED

Ertharin Cousin
Ertharin Cousin

President and Co-Founder, Food Systems for the Future

Stephanie Dorsey
Stephanie Dorsey

Co-Founder, Managing Partner, E2JDJ

Hannah Friedman
Hannah Friedman

Associate, Closed Loop Partners

Ingrid Fung
Ingrid Fung

Investment Director (Principal), Finistere Ventures

Jody Kalmbach
Jody Kalmbach

Group Vice President, Product Experience, The Kroger Co.

Audre Kapacinskas
Audre Kapacinskas

Vice President, S2G Ventures

Devon Klatell
Devon Klatell

Managing Director, Food, The Rockefeller Foundation

Lucyna Kurtyka
Lucyna Kurtyka

Senior Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture (FFAR)

Emily Ma
Emily Ma

Head, Food for Good, Google

Thomas McQuillan
Thomas McQuillan

Vice President, Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc.

Pete Nelson
Pete Nelson

President & Executive Director, AgLaunch

Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg

President, Food Tank

Pete Pearson
Pete Pearson

Senior Director, Food Waste, World Wildlife Fund

Tad Radzinski
Tad Radzinski

President, Sustainable Solutions Corporation

Allison Shapiro
Allison Shapiro

Executive Director, Closed Loop Partners

Mary Shelman
Mary Shelman

Founder, Shelman Group

Darien Sturges
Darien Sturges

US Global Partnerships Manager, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Jessica Vieira
Jessica Vieira

Senior Director, Apeel Sciences

Turner Wyatt
Turner Wyatt

CEO, Upcycled Food Association

Marc Zornes
Marc Zornes

Founder, Winnow