Fair Food Fund

Fair Food Network’s impact investing arm.

Fair Food Fund has been successfully investing in entrepreneurs who are growing community health and wealth through food since 2013.

Fair Food Fund meets entrepreneurs where they are with catalytic capital and business assistance grounded in our national network and program expertise.

This is an investment that works: For every $1 Fair Food Fund invested, nearly $9 in community benefits was generated. Behind the numbers is a ripple effect of benefits that includes greater healthy food access, family farm viability, the creation of new jobs, and more inclusive economies.

Meet our new Managing Director Mark Watson, who brings deep finance experience plus pioneering leadership in impact investing to Fair Food Fund next’s chapter. 

The Challenge

FROM THE FIELD BLOG

The health and wealth gaps in America are extreme and growing—disproportionately impacting communities of color.

Inequality has many dimenstions rooted in a polarization of income, wealth, and opportunity. For example, for every $100 in white family wealth, black families hold just $5.04. Such inequities not only affect communities of color, they have lasting impact on us all.

FROM THE FIELD BLOG

“We were continuously denied funding from traditional lenders. Thank you Fair Food Fund for being visionaries and dreaming with us.” -Fresh Food Generation

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Our Model

Fair Food Fund invests in entrepreneurs who want to change that equation. 

With catalytic capital and business assistance, we meet entrepreneurs where they are and take them where they want to go. Our investment strategy is informed by local knowledge alongside the national footprint and programmatic expertise Fair Food Network has developed over the past decade.

Our work is defined by core principles:

  • Impact First: Seek enterprises that are reducing health and wealth gaps in places that need it most
  • Issue Expertise: Deep program and food issue expertise to de-risk investments
  • Holistic Approach: Integrate capital plus business assistance and programming
  • Growing Local Strength on National Scale: Place-based lens with focus on early-stage enterprises
  • Sparking & Sustaining Lasting Change: Building a more diverse pipeline while preparing entrepreneurs for traditional financing


Business Assistance
We bolster lending with business assistance including immersive trainings, industry-specific deep dives, 1:1 suport, and advising leveraging our national network, relationships, and resources.

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Capital
Catalytic Capital
We provide the capital entrepreneurs need integrating funding to deliver debt, royalty financing, convertible notes, and equity investments. We also offer flexible “friends & family” financing for entrepreneurs from communities with limited resources.

Impact First
We invest in enterprises from seed to growth stage with a focus on those that are reducing health and wealth gaps, as well as those led by women and entrepreneurs of color.

Results

Outsized social impact.

Through Fair Food Fund, we’re not just investing in entrepreneurs, we are growing the health and wealth of entire communities.

As a mission-driven effort, Fair Food Fund presents an opportunity for investors to generate outsized social impact: increased
healthy food access, better business for American farmers, stronger local economies, and more opportunities for more people in more places.

Fair Food Fund’s first five years of work in the Northeast demonstrate its potential: For every $1 Fair Food Fund invested, it helped generate nearly $9 in community benefits. 

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Want to know more about our financing and business assistance?

Learn more about our offerings and eligibility, and fill out our online form to start the conversation.

DIG DEEPER

Featured Investments

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.

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Five Acre Farms meets customers where they are—the grocery store—with farm fresh, sustainably produced food.

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Our Team

Mark Watson

Managing Director, Fair Food Fund
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Jean Chorazyczewski

Program Director
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Joel Moyer

Portfolio Manager
Fair Food Fund
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Charlotte Young Bowens

Program Manager
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Lolita Nunn

Development Officer & Investor Relations, Fair Food Fund
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