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The Good Food Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the often-overlooked contributors to the American food movement – namely, food crafters and independent food merchants – to better the nation’s food system.

Established in 2010, the organization takes a humanizing approach, aiming to enable small business owners devoted to “tasty, authentic, and responsible food” to thrive. It helps people with a commitment to seasonality, tradition, land stewardship, social good, and outstanding flavor succeed in their work to create better food – and society – for all.

A commitment to fostering and supporting sustainable food systems serves as a continuous thread throughout each of the Good Food Foundation’s core initiatives, which include the Good Food Awards, Good Food Guild, Good Food Mercantile and Good Food Merchants Collaborative.

Our office is located in Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA. Contact us.

After three years of collaboration on causes including Slow Food Nation and Bristol, England’s Organic Food Festival, Sarah Weiner and Dominic Phillips established Seedling Projects in 2010 to serve as a “do tank” for the food movement. At Seedling Projects, the duo sought to transform ideas into action and build an active, diverse community around each initiative they launched. Projects included establishing the first garden, kitchen, and curriculum program in a Washington D.C. public school; organizing an all-local ingredient lunch for the 700 participants of The Future of Food Conference with HRH the Prince of Wales; screening a documentary about the industrial pork industry in Congress; and most notably, creating the Good Food Awards. From the Good Food Awards came other branches dedicated to supporting the underserved players in the good food movement and so, in 2016, Seedling Projects was reborn as the Good Food Foundation to better encompass the nonprofit’s core initiatives.

Since its inception, the Good Food Foundation has brought together some of the nation’s foremost authorities on food, sustainability, and food sovereignty – including Mark Bittman, Ron Finley, Winona LaDuke, Sam Mogannam, Nell Newman, Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, and Alice Waters – to support and transform the $200 billion specialty food industry. Read about our team.

No, the Foundation does not award grants. Instead, the Good Food Awards celebrates exceptional American craft food and drink producers who create distinctive, handcrafted, and sustainable products. Learn about the Awards.

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