Theory of Change

Food:Land:Opportunity looks to reduce fragmentation in the local food system and create the conditions for collaboration using several philanthropic tools, including strategic grantmaking, an innovation competition, convenings, research, and the sharing of best practices.

The Chicago foodshed cannot efficiently meet market demands for local, sustainable food and farmland. Food:Land:Opportunity is pursuing change through three major strategies and related investments:

Create a resilient local food economy that protects and conserves land and other natural resources while promoting market innovation and building wealth and assets in our communities.


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Kinship Foundation

Lenore Beyer
Director of Conservation Initiatives

The Chicago Community Trust

Michael Davidson
Senior Director – Community Impact