The mission of Food21 of Pennsylvania is to expand the breadth and depth of the regional and agriculture economy through market-driven solutions and strategies.
Food21 is a catalyst for developing new methods and organizing resources in order to achieve the mission of growing the regional food economy consistent with our stated values and ideas. Our core values are as follows:
Expanding jobs and economic opportunity in the food economy
Sustainability through the applications of clean and cost-effective use of energy
Broad and inclusive participation in the food economy
Environmentally responsible in the production and processing of food
Advocate meeting health and well-being through nutritional food
Financial sustainability via normal market exchanges
FOOD21 CAPITAL GROUP
While there are an increasing number of capital resources for food and beverage businesses to access, we have determined that having a committed pool of flexible capital for small and mid-sized food manufacturers and distributors would be a huge advantage for our region’s businesses – including on-farm businesses - to access at the beginning of a planned expansion or effort to enter new markets or launch new products.
To that end, Food21 has established a bridge financing program that can provide flexible capital to businesses. The fund can be provided as short-term financing while the business is purchasing and installing new equipment and processes prior to generating revenues. The funds will be available on a non-amortizing basis at affordable interest. Funds must be repaid after the investment begins to provide the anticipated benefits. The program is being executed in partnership with Honeycomb Credit, a nationally recognized crowdsourcing platform (www.honeycombcredit.com ).
Stay tuned for more announcements about both this particular fund and new capital programs that fill gaps in the food system. On-line loan applications will be established shortly, so please check back for the link to this site. In the meantime, if you have a project you believe would fit – contact email@example.com.
FOOD21 CENTER FOR DATA ANALYTICS AND STRATEGY (DAS21)
Food21 is building a center that can work with communities, growers, food producers, public policy makers and academic institutions in applying a broad set of data – both public and private – to address opportunities and challenges in our region’s food economy.
DAS21 will be housed in Food21 and work in partnership with regional data centers to produce coherent and focused research on areas such as targeting where to make investments in the food system, providing communities with accessible analysis of food challenges and how to address them, and defining best practice in the food economy.
Custom research reports will be done on an as-requested basis for a modest fee. Research fellowships for undergraduate students in participating universities and colleges will be available.
DAS21 will generate between three and four formal sector analyses each year. Currently, DAS is working on reports targeting supply chain opportunities in the regional craft brewing and distilled spirits industry, a focused look at where to best locate infrastructure to grow the region’s livestock industry and preparing an easy-to-use community food abundance tool for local groups to take action on improving access. DAS21 will also issue an annual “Food GDP” report which benchmarks the regional food economy so that policy makers and advocates can focus their actions and efforts around high-priority opportunities.
For more information and requests for data reports contact .
Food21 of Pennsylvania was established in 2018 as a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation. All contributions to Food21 are tax-exempt. The Alliance for Non-profit Resources (www.anrinfo.org) serves as our fiscal agent and provides us with administrative support services. If you are making a contribution please direct it to the Alliance for Non-Profit Resources indicating that it is to support the work of Food21. Contributions should be sent to ANR, c/o Sandra Curry, 127 South Main Street, Butler, PA 16001.