Welcome to the Dallas Food Idea Innovation Challenge!

To participate in this challenge, you can submit ideas, vote on existing ideas, or add comments.

To submit an idea, click the Submit New Idea button at the top of the navigation sidebar. You will then be asked to add a title and description for your idea. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea, which help us determine which of the four challenge categories that your idea belongs in: Better Food Access, Healthier Food Choices, More Locally Grown Food, or Less Food Waste. To vote on an idea, simply click the up or down arrows to the right of the idea title/description. And to add a comment, click in the box below the idea.

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Food Idea Innovation Challenge

Stouting for health

Teach people how to sprout foods that are eaten before becoming a large plant. They are more nutritious, take very little space, children learn at an early age how to sustain themselves and older people that used to have a garden can still relate. It can be a lot of fun and growing your own salads would be valuable knowledge. Kind of a “Teach A Man To Fish” theory.

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Challenge our Corporate Friends

Wouldn't it be great to have an app like GoFundMe, called GoFeedMe? How about starting with the school districts, DHHS, churches , shelters and non profits to give participants a unique code to use during checkout from Kroger, Walmart,Tom Thumb, families create a profile, description of the needs and allergies. Based on the my plate USDA guidelines select fresh produce protein etc and check-out using paid sponsorship... more »
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SPIN Farming

SPIN Farming utilizes small plots to grow high intensive yields. Utilizing narrow production rows and walking paths, these urban farms can be set up on sites ranging from 1/3 of an acre to a full acre. The goal is to design a farm that would allow an individual or extremely small team with minimum equipment to establish and manage a profitable market farm. It is an ideal platform for areas with limited land access.... more »
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Urban Ag Community Team

As urban agriculture in Dallas has developed, leaders have arisen from Dallas communities of color. GROW North Texas’ mission is to strengthen the food system with increased local food production and increase access to nutritionally adequate, culturally appropriate food for all residents. GNTX has infrastructure, experience, and a network of knowledgeable gardeners and community organizers in Dallas, around the state,... more »
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Coordination Platform

The difficult aspect of this food access challenge is that it feels like the framing has organizations forming teams that are competing to provide a "solution", rather than finding collaborators who operate in their service gap areas.

We are starting to experience frequent and destructive weather events from climate change; where today's policy-made "food access" problems, are tomorrow's weather-event-made "food security"... more »

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Expired/Damaged Food Licenses

I would like to see an expansion of places who are licensed to sell expired/damaged foods similar to Grocery Clearance Center in the Cockrell Hill area of Dallas. The items they receive are about to expire, are recently expired or have a "defect" (damaged outer packaging, manufacturer has updated packaging, etc) or are just over-ordered from local stores.
My understanding is that the license to sell expired foods removes... more »

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Food Trucks

Simply the re-use of existing dormant or unused FOOD TRUCKS. Use them to deliver fresh food to those that because of physical inability to travel can get fresh foods.

Kind of a meals on wheels program that delivers FRESH PRODUCE, and meats. This probably is aimed at those who CAN take care of themselves and cook VS the meals on wheels which, as you know, deliver cooked meals.

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Long-Term Network of Grocery Stores in Food Deserts

The American Heart Association submits the need to fund a long-term plan for a network of grocery stores that provide fresh, affordable healthy foods within food deserts in Southern Dallas. A five- to 10-year systematic, sustainable approach, with fully integrated nutrition and health education and programs, could significantly change the landscape and health of Southern Dallas.

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Aggregation Station

Imagine a place you could stop by on your commute to pick up preordered grocery or meals from any grocery store you choose all from your phone. Through analysis of traffic patterns, we would place mini refrigerated pods in areas of high need so that food could be picked up during a commute or walked to if you lived nearby. During non commute hours, delivery could be provided from the pod to the community.

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Gardening to go! in a bag

In my opinion, providing schools with incentives to have a vegetable garden would really be great. There are a lot of barriers schools face in terms of funding and supporting such efforts. Offering a supply kit to start a garden at a school, either free or at a discount, would be great. This supply kit could have the basic tools, gift card for a certain dollar amount, for a store carrying reasonably priced gardening stuff,... more »

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Change city ordinances, rules and laws that prevent food access

We cannot build, eat healthier or get healthy if the culprit isn’t addressed. City ordinances are hindering Mobil marts, farmers markets to be held in residential spaces, parks, libraries and at schools.

First off, allow markets to take place in areas we pay taxes to keep up anyway. Preferably: parks, schools, libraries, public, common spaces. Then, we need an easier process for accessing SNAP benefits, period!

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Fresh fruit & veggies via "Meals On Wheels"

My low-income senior apartment building depends upon Meals on Wheels, grocery bags from North Dallas Ministries, North Texas Food Bank and S.O.U.L. deliveries of excess grocery or restaurant produce. Wonderful gifts for us, but only Meals On Wheels delivers food to the tenant directly. Our residents must line up and wait for other sources. So many cannot make it out of their apartments to receive this bounty. Meals On... more »

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Food desert remedy

I have seen successful implementations in Houston and I have seen some implementations here in Dallas. I think it would be beneficial to utilize open spaces in neighborhoods to create community gardens. Depending on design, there could be some raised beds that are waist high and some that are ground level. In addition to the community gardens, there could be informational sessions on maintaining a garden and providing... more »
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Co-ops Allow Communities to Scale up to Sustainability

Cooperation, food co-ops modeled after Evergreen Co-ops of Cleveland allow inner city residents opportunity to not only work for a living-wage but ownership as well. The Dallas whole food co-op model gives control of food and the aggregation of food resources to the community. The initial idea is to start with the mobile market followed by a brick and mortar food hub once community buy-in and food education begins. The... more »
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indoor + container gardening

many people used to keep gardens at home, but with urbanization, this has become a lost art. let's get into the communities, provide pots, soil and seeds and provide instruction on how to grow fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables indoors or in confined/limited spaces. tomatoes, squash, peppers, sweet potatoes, herbs, and berries would be great, easy starts and don't take long to harvest. teach folks how to re-grow green... more »
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