Fair Food Fund
The impact investing arm of Fair Food Network.
Fair Food Fund has been successfully investing in early stage entrepreneurs who are growing community health and wealth through food since 2013.
The Fund presents an opportunity for investors to generate reliable financial returns and outsized social impact — improving healthy food access, supporting American farmers, igniting local economies, and opening opportunities for more people in more places.
For every $1 invested, it has generated $8+ in community benefits.
Food businesses are foundational to the health and wealth of every community.
But too many promising entrepreneurs—especially in underserved communities—can’t get the right capital because they don’t fit the mold of traditional lenders or investors. Many also lack the business acumen needed to translate their passion into profit.
The result? In a highly competitive marketplace, too many fail. And when they do, our communities suffer.
“We were continuously denied funding from traditional lenders. Thank you Fair Food Fund for being visionaries and dreaming with us.” -Fresh Food Generation
Blended Capital Offerings.
Fair Food Fund was designed to meet these entrepreneurs where they are and take them where they want to go.
Our innovative blended capital approach combines customized financing and business assistance—two critical gaps enterprises face. We focus on food entrepreneurs leveraging Fair Food Network’s decade-plus national leadership in this field.
By supporting more such enterprises to realize their potential, Fair Food Fund is not just investing in their success, we are growing the health and wealth of entire communities
Wrap-Around Business Assistance
We take a holistic approach, bolstering lending with business assistance to help entrepreneurs grow.
We provide the capital entrepreneurs need including patient debt, royalty financing, convertible notes, and equity investments.
We target our support for early-stage entrepreneurs ensuring we’re reaching women and entrepreneurs of color.
Reliable financial returns, Outsized social impact.
As a mission-driven effort, Fair Food Fund presents an opportunity for investors to generate reliable financial returns and outsized social impact — improving healthy food access, supporting American farmers, igniting local economies, and opening opportunities for more people in more places. And by connecting the Fund to national nonprofit Fair Food Network, our impact is amplified as a portion of returns can be reinvested in our broader charitable work.
The Fair Food Fund is currently active in the Northeastern United States including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We are also a founding partner in the Michigan Good Food Fund, a $30 million statewide loan fund, for which we lead business assistance, pipeline development, and marketing.
Our portfolio in the Northeast alone is generating serious impact:
Learn more about our offerings and eligibility, and fill out our online form to start the conversation.
From farm-to-table community caterers working to increase healthy food access to enterprises on the frontier of sustainable aquaculture, meet a few of the enterprises we serve that are transforming the business of food.
Five Acre Farms meets customers where they are—the grocery store—with farm fresh, sustainably produced food.