Food

Food

Tackling inequities in Louisiana’s food system

Challenge

  • 1 in 5 New Orleanians are food insecure and 1 in 4 participates in SNAP or 64% of children in Orleans Parish are income-eligible for federal nutrition programs (incomes at or below 185% of the poverty line) [1].
  • 42% of African Americans report living with obesity as compared to 30% of Whites in Louisiana [2].
  • Only 1 in 5 New Orleanians reports eating 5 or more servings of fresh fruit or vegetables daily [3].
  • In 2009, African Americans were 71% less likely to have access to more than one supermarket in their neighborhood as compared to residents of other neighborhoods [4].


Strategy

Propeller and its entrepreneurs are working at all levels of the food supply chain to increase access and affordability of fresh, healthy food for low-income New Orleanians and communities of color traditionally disconnected from healthy food sources. Propeller small businesses and nonprofits are growing fruits and vegetables (both on the city’s formerly vacant lots and on farms across the region) and helping local farmers connect to city retailers and restaurants. They are bringing fresh food and food education to low-income populations, from establishing healthier standards for school lunches in high-poverty schools to increasing the produce available at city corner stores, and training community members as food literacy educators.


Impact

  • Descant Ranch Food Hub (Startup, Growth ’17) launched a food hub to connect local farmers to their local consumer counterparts. In 2016, the hub sold 50,955 lbs. of produce, 3,600 bottles of local, gourmet syrup and honey, and donated 15,400 lbs. of produce to food pantries like Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Edible Enterprises (Accelerator ’15) provides 35 local food entrepreneurs with business support and an affordable, fully stocked professional kitchen space to prepare their unique foods for mass market sales.
  • Sugar Roots Farm (Startup, Growth ’16) provided 1965 children last year farm with farm-to-fork education, teaching them to make a positive impact on the environment through their sustainable, free-range working farm.
  • The Healthy School Food Collaborative (Accelerator ’13) has generated $12 million in revenue to serve fresh, locally-sourced, healthy meals to 40% of all New Orleans public school children.
  • Sankofa Community Development Corporation (Growth ’16) currently operates 3 days of fresh produce markets, weekly healthy cooking and gardening classes, monthly community program planning sessions, 24,000 sq. ft. of urban farms, a weekly fresh food pantry, a market SNAP Match program, and SNAP enrollment services.


Supporting Food Entrepreneurs

We’re always seeking entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas to address food insecurity, especially as it relates to improved access, affordability, and consumption of healthy foods for underserved communities, and building a robust local food economy. Propeller’s Accelerator programs is designed to support entrepreneurs throughout the business lifecycle—from idea, to beta, to growth. Hands-on mentorship, access to high-level networks, pro bono technical support, and free office space, are just some of the benefits. Learn more about our accelerators, including eligibility and selection criteria, or visit our online application.


Food Programs

The Healthy Corner Store Collaborative

Hosted by Propeller, funded by the City of New Orleans, and operated by Liberty’s Kitchen and Top Box Foods, the Healthy Corner Store Collaborative is a 12-month programs that works alongside New Orleans corner store operators to maximize their business sustainability and increase the amount of fresh, healthy food they offer in-store.The program provides store-owners with one-on-one business mentorship and technical assistance to optimize their business for profit and long-term sustainability. View the application here.

To Apply:
Application here. Please return your application via email to Kristine Creveling at kcreveling@gopropeller.org or Sam Heyman at sam@topboxfoods.com OR call 504.507.0498 to turn in a hard copy.

Questions? Contact Kristine Creveling, RD, Food Program Manager
kcreveling@gopropeller.org, 504.507.0498

Propeller Ventures working in this Sector

Southern City Farm, LLC

Southern City Farm, LLC

Andrew Prat

Sector: Food
Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm

Sharessa Garland & Ecoee (Joan) Rooney

Sector: Food
Descant Ranch Food Hub

Descant Ranch Food Hub

Seth Descant & Chris Fry

Sector: Food
Circle Food Store

Circle Food Store

Brooke Boudreaux

Sector: Food
Garden on Mars

Garden on Mars

Jeanette Bell

Sector: Food
Fresh Hands

Fresh Hands

Trey Green

Sector: Food
Descant Ranch

Descant Ranch

Seth Descant

Sector: Food
The University Medical Center Urban Farm

The University Medical Center Urban Farm

Catherine Hudson

Sector: Food
Sugar Roots Farm

Sugar Roots Farm

Sharessa Garland

Sector: Food
New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

New Orleans Eat Local Challenge

Lee Stafford

Sector: Food
Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Mothers & Caretakers Mending Family Foundations

Charmaine Washington, Chanda Washington, and Joan Surgent

Sector: Food
Sankofa

Sankofa

Rashida Ferdinand & Rosamar Torres

Sector: Food
The Healthy School Food Collaborative

The Healthy School Food Collaborative

James Graham

Sector: Food
Hollygrove Market & Farm

Hollygrove Market & Farm

Angelina Harrison

Sector: Food
Grow Dat Youth Farm

Grow Dat Youth Farm

Johanna Gilligan & Mike Kantor

Sector: Food
Top Box Foods

Top Box Foods

Sam Heyman & Connor DeLoach

Sector: Food
Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Growing the Greenway

Friends of Lafitte Greenway: Growing the Greenway

Sophie Harris & Nellie Catzen

Sector: Food
Gator & Crane, Inc.

Gator & Crane, Inc.

Emily Gaddis and Darrell Griewe

Sector: Food
Louisiana Farm to School Alliance: Farm2School Database

Louisiana Farm to School Alliance: Farm2School Database

Katie Mularz

Sectors: Food, Economic & Workforce Development
Dishroom Heroes

Dishroom Heroes

Jeff Gulotta

Sectors: Food, Economic & Workforce Development
Capstone

Capstone

David Young

Sector: Food
New Orleans Food and Farm Networks @ Edible Enterprises

New Orleans Food and Farm Networks @ Edible Enterprises

Ashley Mann and Sanjay Kharod

Sector: Food
The Cookbook Project

The Cookbook Project

Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield

Sectors: Food, Education
Community Plates

Community Plates

Melissa Spiesman, Lauren Rudzis, Kevin Mullins, and Jeff Schacher

Sector: Food
Farm City Initiative

Farm City Initiative

Sanjay Kharod

Sector: Food
VertiFarms

VertiFarms

Douglas Jacobs & Kevin Morgan-Rothschild

Sector: Food
Nola Tilth

Nola Tilth

Megan Webbeking

Sector: Food
VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

VEGGI Farmers Cooperative

Khai Nguyen & Daniel Nguyen

Sector: Food
Healthy School Food Collaborative

Healthy School Food Collaborative

James Graham

Sector: Food
New Orleans Food Co-Op

New Orleans Food Co-Op

Lori Burge

Sector: Food
Dryades Public Market

Dryades Public Market

John Burns

Sector: Food

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