Food@100%: Innovation 3
Engaging the Private Sector
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project 1: The “mobile grocery vans” project
The idea here is going to the people, rather than making parents with two kids go to a food bank across town. This involves getting to know all food bank leaders and staff quite well. This may very well be a public-private partnership.
MoGro Mobile Grocer project: https://aae.how/87
Project 2: The “How is the ‘Feeding America network’ evaluated?” project
Feeding America is described as the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. This project involves creating relationships with local food industry leaders, as well as implementing technology to track donations and a process for food delivery from providers to food banks.
Project 3: The “will our boss support that?” project
The idea of a private company giving an employee a free bus pass is nothing new, but it may be new for employers to provide a subsidy for some forms of food support. This would be an innovation to present to your chamber of commerce and local elected leadership. There are employers that offer free food to staff while they are working.
Despite the upfront cost, providing food on the job has been shown to increase productivity, encourage mingling and increase retention of employees. Survey Monkey feeds employees up to two meals per day in addition to snacks—spending an average of $10–$12 per employee. While this particular example isn’t in response to a stated food insecurity, this company and others like it are on the right track.