The parent company of Jacksonville-based Florida Blue is asking for ideas on how to end hunger. Nearly three million people in Florida - including 800,000 children and 500,000 seniors - can’t get sufficient and nutritious food.
GuideWell is challenging entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and innovators to bring forth ideas for ending the problem.
Ideas must address one of several areas:
• Food access - especially in food deserts.
• Proper use and storage.
• Resilience after weather events or economic loss.
GuideWell’s Kirstie McCool told WJCT News that any group is welcome to apply to potentially win $40,000, which would be used to help fund the solution.
“As an example, it might be some high school students working with a local nonprofit, building out food gardens or working with a religious institution, or it could be an entrepreneurial social venture or a local grassroots non-profit entrenched in a local community that might have some food insecure citizens.”
Applicants must submit their food insecurity solutions by August 15.