Bull City Cool Food Hub Collaboration is the winner of the “What Matters Innovation Award” from the Triangle Community Foundation.

The group receives $25,000.

The winner was selected from a field of five finalists in a showcase at HQ Raleigh last week.

The winner:

Bull City Cool Food Hub Collaboration

  • Partners: Farmer Foodshare, Reinvestment Partners, CFSA, Durham County, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation

A piece of the strategy to revitalize a distressed neighborhood located in Old North Durham, to strengthen the local food supply chain and to address unmet nutritional needs by supporting the final piece of the food hub execution. This project will allow farmers to plant and distribute more food locally, the Foodshare to distribute more food to those in need and be in a position to offer local, nutritional foods to the school system.


Second Helpings

  • Partners: Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham (RCND), Core Catering Company, Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center (CJRC)

A food truck that provides certified “Durham Living Wage” employment for justice-involved individuals who are in transition from prison to civilian life, breaking a real barrier for rehabilitation and re-entrance to the workforce. One operational, a fully sustainable project.

Siler City Unidos

  • Partners: Chatham Economic Development Corporation, Siler City Development Organization. This project also plans to include others.

A program to strengthen the community, particularly Siler City’s Hispanic population. The Idea Centro will be a place to gather stakeholders, engage minority residents, train leaders, nurture ideas, coordinate development and create excitement about Siler City. Initial investments will support a pop-up community center and research of future needs.

Tiny Home Pilot

  • Partners: The Farm at Penny Lane, Habitat for Humanity of Chatham County

The Farm seeks to assist individuals living with mental health challenges to find a way to become self-sufficient and have an improved quality of life in their very own tiny home. This partnership would offer a housing solution that is affordable, energy efficient, and located in a supportive community environment. Initial support would provide a tiny home pilot, to conduct research on the benefits of tiny home ownership in the lives of those with a mental health diagnosis.

Wake Collaborative

  • Partners: Community Partnerships, Inc., Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), Daniels Center, SouthLight Healthcare, StepUp Ministries, Triangle Family Services, Wake County SmartStart

A pilot project in the 27610 zip code in Raleigh with wrap-around social-emotional development services to focus on young children in four distinct age groups: prenatal; ages 0-3; ages 3-4; and children in kindergarten – 3rd grade. The initial project would fund a full service preschool at the Daniels Center for Math and Science.