Wallace Center at Winrock International serves the growing community of civic, business, and philanthropic organizations involved in building a new good food system in the United States. In particular, the Center is focused on advancing regional, collaborative efforts to move good food – healthy, green, fair, affordable food – beyond the direct-marketing realm into larger scale markets so that more producers benefit, more communities have viable economies and greater access to good food, and a greater number of acres are managed through sustainable practices.
To accomplish this, the Wallace Center has established a National Good Food Network that:
Serves as a networking, communications, and information hub, providing practical knowledge, learning models, and valuable connections for the broad range of groups, both for-profit and non-profit, involved in building a new good food system, and
Stimulates development of important, on-the-ground nodes of regional work by investing in groups and collaborative efforts engaged in scaling up aggregation and sales of good food to more substantial wholesale channels.
- Connection - foster regional initiatives that will bring increased good food into conventional food systems in a way that will ultimately improve good food access for all communities.
- Knowledge - to assemble and connect value chain models and best practices, value chain experts, and opportunities for regional funding in the marketplace with regional network participants.
- Community - to enable network participants to think beyond the commercial transaction of good food and to become participants in initiatives that will improve good food access to all communities.