About the Prizes for Innovation

With increasingly convergent national food and health challenges, the need for successful, upstream models and solutions that advance health equity is clear. In response, the Hunger to Health Collaboratory launched its Prizes for Innovation in 2023.

The H2HC Prizes for Innovation identify and highlight innovative food and nutrition work that offers promising, upstream models and replicable, scalable solutions that significantly advance health equity in communities throughout the U.S.

H2HC awards two $100,000 prizes annually, and prize winners are introduced at the H2HC Fall Summit. The 2024 Fall Summit will be in Boston on Thursday, November 21.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Proof of 501(c)3 tax-exempt status or affiliation
  • Programs or initiatives must be designed to:
    1. focus on food and/or nutrition challenges to advance health equity in U.S. communities
    2. reach across established disciplines to catalyze new collaborations and pathways
    3. use a promising, change-making approach
    4. demonstrate the potential for regional/national scalability
    5. demonstrate the potential for replicability
    6. address upstream, systemic factors for the longer term
    7. demonstrate measurable impact
    8. consider longer-term sustainability
  • Prize winners will be required to:
    1. attend the H2HC Fall 2024 Summit in Boston on November 21
    2. report on Prize-related activity next year at the H2HC Fall 2025 Summit
    3. collaborate ongoingly on  H2HC initiatives, learning community activities, media relations, and other related work
    4. publicize the H2HC Prize and ongoing updates on its organizational website and in social media

For questions, please refer to the FAQs; any additional questions may be submitted to info@h2hcollaboratory.org.

Key Dates

  • April 1, 2024: Nomination period opens
  • June 14, 2024 (5:00 PM EDT): Nomination period closes
  • August/September 2024: Finalists notified and interviewed
  • September/October 2024: Prize winners notified
  • November 21, 2024: Prize winners attend H2HC Fall Summit and Prizes for Innovation Ceremony in Boston

Submit a nomination

(L-R) Beverley Wheeler and Ja'Sent Brown of DC Central Kitchen, and Dr. Steven Chen and Corey Brown of Alameda County Recipe4Health
2023 Prize Winners

The Inaugural H2HC Prizes for Innovation were awarded to Alameda County Recipe4Health and DC Central Kitchen. Learn more about the winning organizations below and watch the prize ceremony here.

  • Alameda County Recipe4Health is a nationally recognized, award-winning model that integrates food-based interventions into healthcare settings (Food as Medicine) to treat, prevent. and reverse chronic conditions; to address food and nutrition insecurity and other social determinants of health; and to improve health and racial equity. By sourcing the food from BIPOC organic and regenerative farmers, Recipe4Health leverages healthcare and agriculture to generate multipliers for human health, economic health, climate health, and equity.
  • DC Central Kitchen is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation. The organization provides hands-on culinary job training for individuals facing high barriers to employment while creating living wage jobs and bringing nutritious, dignified food where it is needed most – including public schools, neighborhood corner stores, and food-insecure communities throughout the city.