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2020 Foodscape Innovation Award Recipient to be Announced Soon

Everyone deserves the chance for a longer, healthier life.

The American Heart Association believes nutrition security is a human right and that all people deserve access to affordable and nutritious foods and help making healthier choices. That’s why we’re working to create a world of longer, healthier lives through healthy foods for all.

It’s also why we’re recognizing innovative leaders across the foodscape who are building a food system that significantly improves health while also addressing issues of sustainability — the system’s impact on people and planet.

A panel of expert judges selected the top three finalists from 26 innovations submitted. Now YOU get to choose! Read more about the innovations and tell us which one you think will make a real difference for our health and our communities.


No idea is too far outside the box.

Meet the 2020 Finalists

Innovation #1:

ImPACKful Food

imPACKful Food delivery and logo

Delivering Healthy Meals and Encouraging Healthy Habits

Pack Health takes a unique approach to addressing food insecurity and poor diet among individuals with or at risk of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. One in nine Americans struggles with hunger and faces a higher risk of chronic disease and complications. Working with health plans, members are provided with free, condition-specific healthy meals delivered directly to their homes through a partnership with Speak Retail Group. In addition, a personal Health Advisor uses tested behavioral interventions in combination with meal planning, care coordination and community linkages to encourage positive, sustainable dietary change. To date, over 645,000 meals have been delivered, and outcomes suggest notable impact on diet, mental and physical health, and financial distress.

Innovation #2:

Moonflower Farms

Moonflower Farms CEO Federico

Innovating Sustainable City Farming Through Water Conservation

People living in urban food communities demonstrate higher rates of cardiovascular disease and other preventable chronic health conditions such as obesity and diabetes. More than 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts. Urban farms are one possible solution to this problem. Unfortunately, just 1/3 of urban farms are profitable, largely because of heavy reliance on city or well water. Relying almost exclusively on rainwater to control costs and environmental impact, our urban hydroponic farm provides high-quality produce that never touch soil, manure or pesticides. Our farm provides year-round product at affordable prices to residents in historically underserved communities and donates produce to local charitable food systems. To reduce waste, Moonflower Farms’ crops are delivered the same day or the day after harvesting.

Innovation #3:

Restorative Farms

Hatcher Station Charles and Anzinett planting seedlings

Implementing Urban Farming Hub Solutions for Healthy Food & Jobs

South Dallas has a chronic problem with a lack of healthy food in its under-resourced communities. Restorative Farms addresses this systemic failure through implementation of professionally run, small-scale, local, urban farms that are in aggregate self-sustaining, with a seedling farm at the core. It provides certified vocational training, local jobs and affordable financing, and also produces healthy food in a sustainable manner. We pool resources and build agricultural expertise and a supply chain to promote long-term economic viability and nutrition security for historically disenfranchised South Dallas communities.

2020 Entry Details:

What is the Foodscape?

Foodscape is our name for the food ecosystem — all the places and spaces where food is grown, manufactured, marketed, acquired, prepared, consumed, talked about or given meaning.

Who was eligible?

The awards are open to companies/organizations operating in the U.S. from all sectors of the food and beverage industry that work to increase health and equity in the food system, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies
  • Ingredient suppliers
  • Packaging companies
  • Processors
  • Restaurants and foodservice
  • Retailers
  • Technology providers
  • Trade/commodity groups
  • Vending companies

Tobacco companies or their corporate subsidiaries, parent companies or foundations are not eligible.

Innovations must be original and must have been introduced into the marketplace on or after May 1, 2017.

2020 Awards Resources: