Groundbreaking Local Food Initiative Announced – Localizing the Chicago Foodshed

March 11, 2014 at 11:35 am

 Food Land

The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust Announce Groundbreaking Local Food Initiative

According to a press release, The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust today launched Food:Land:Opportunity – Localizing the Chicago Foodshed, a multi-year initiative aimed at increasing the region’s supply of local and sustainable food. The initiative is designed to leverage the Chicago region’s food system in order to strengthen the long-term resiliency of land and communities.

“Local food systems offer an exceptional opportunity to simultaneously improve environmental stewardship and local livelihoods,” says Karie Thomson, Searle family consultant to The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and chair of the Kinship Foundation board. “We know that it’s possible to grow food and support food entrepreneurs while cultivating land sustainably. Food:Land:Opportunity makes use of this synergy on a systemic scale with an approach that represents a first for the Chicago region.”

Food:Land:Opportunity will provide nearly $2 million annually to local food projects over the next two years. The initiative aims to spur innovation at multiple points in the local food system supply chain through strategic grantmaking, fellowships, pilots, and an innovation competition. The first project to receive support is the Good Food Accelerator, a feature of’s Good Food Financing Program that prepares local food entrepreneurs to connect with potential investors through business training.

Food:Land:Opportunity is funded by The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. It is a collaboration of The Chicago Community Trust and Kinship Foundation, a private operating foundation established to support the Searle family’s institutional philanthropy. For more information or to make media inquiries, please visit or contact Kate Allgeier of The Chicago Community Trust at and 312.616.8000 x127.

You can read the full press release here: