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19 Food-Focused Social Enterprises

From Well-Wasted Cuisine to Ethical Gastropubs

— November 10, 2011 — Social Good
This top list of food-focused social enterprises explores the ways in which food has consequences on lived experiences. Community, poverty, health and happiness are simply a few of the areas that food can have an astounding impact on -- positively or negatively.

Quite literally -- and obviously -- food is life. But so many food companies do more harm than good, whether it be through environmental degradation or factory farming. These food-focused social enterprises, well, turn the focus back on food, instead of solely considering profit. Some of these innovative business models incorporate community programs into their missions and simultaneously address issues such as food poverty and fair trade. Too many communities around the world live in areas in which they are isolated from healthy food options and projects like the Corbin Hill Farm, for one, try to change the way people access, afford and consume food.
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Multi-Ethnic Cooking by Immigrants
Multi-Ethnic Cooking by Immigrants
EthniCity Catering Gives Calgary Newcomers Tools to Succeed
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Relationship-Based Baking Businesses
Relationship-Based Baking Businesses
King Arthur Flour Company is Employee-Owned
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Anti-Stigma Food Companies
Anti-Stigma Food Companies
The Healthy Hub Creates Jobs for People with Mental Illnesses
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Fair Trade Wine Pouches
Fair Trade Wine Pouches
'Palesa' Symbolizes Strength, Motherhood and Consciousness
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Community-Focused Palestinian Produce
Community-Focused Palestinian Produce
Zaytoun Imports Organic and Fair Trade Products
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Organic Food Giveaways
Organic Food Giveaways
The NYFoods Egg Change Project Fosters the One-for-One Model
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Community Culinary Schools
Community Culinary Schools
The Cooking Rooms is a Social Enterprise and a Social Space
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Ready-to-Use Food Campaigns
Ready-to-Use Food Campaigns
Two Degrees is a One-for-One Company Selling Nutrition Bars
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Gourmet Do-Good Brownies
Gourmet Do-Good Brownies
Greyston Bakery is a Social Enterprise
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Ethical Gastropubs
Ethical Gastropubs
The Duke of Cambridge Serves Organic and Local Foods
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Food Desert Distributors
Food Desert Distributors
The Corbin Hill Road Farm Supplies Fresh Produce to Those in Need
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Fresh Perspective Posts
Fresh Perspective Posts
The Social Business Visit to the FoodCycle Cambridge Hub
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Social Sri Lankan Seasonings
Social Sri Lankan Seasonings
The Spicy Gourmet Supports Small Farmers Through Fair Trade
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Fair Trade Dried Goods
Fair Trade Dried Goods
Tropical Wholefoods Works with Farmers from All Over the World
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Kindaholic Nutrition Bars
Kindaholic Nutrition Bars
KIND Spreads Good Health and Positive Social Change Through Snacking
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Co-Op Cacoa
Co-Op Cacoa
Kallari Chocolate Bars Support 850 Families and the Rainforest
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Deliciously Priceless Bakeries
Deliciously Priceless Bakeries
The Panera Pay-What-You-Can Cafes are Abolishing Hunger
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Social Business Sweets
Social Business Sweets
Eat My Words Dedicates Funds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation
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Well-Wasted Cuisine
Well-Wasted Cuisine
FoodCycle Uses Surplus to Feed Local Communities
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