Challenge by Oxfam America
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GROW a Better World

Win $1,000 to GROW a Better World with Oxfam America

How would you use Oxfam’s GROW method to create a more sustainable food experience?

The Specifics

Our current food system is broken. The planet provides more than enough food for everyone, yet nearly 1 billion of us go to bed hungry every night. Together we can fix that. Governments and business are part of the solution, but each one of us has the power to help end hunger through the ways we grow, buy, cook, eat, and preserve our food.

Oxfam is challenging chefs, restaurateurs, farmers and food entrepreneurs of all kinds to create better food experiences using the GROW method, a new simple guide to feeding our families AND help feed the world.

The GROW method is a set of five principles for making positive food choices that change the way we grow, buy, cook, eat, and preserve our food. Those principles are:

  1. Waste less
  2. Shop seasonal
  3. Less meat and dairy
  4. Support farmers
  5. Cook smart

Visit Oxfam America’s Facebook page to learn more about the details of each principle. Then tell us: How will you use the GROW method to improve a food experience? Submit your idea to transform the food system. The winning idea will receive $1,000 from Oxfam to turn that idea into a reality!

Will you launch a sustainable menu at your restaurant and source the ingredients from small-scale farmers? Or perhaps start a community garden or food co-op in your community to encourage your neighbors to eat local?

Submit an idea from October 9 to November 13 (noon Pacific Time). Our judges will select which applicants will pass to the voting round. From November 14 to November 29, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your colleagues and friends to get behind your effort and join the public in selecting the winner.

Connect with this challenge on Twitter at @GOODmkr and @OxfamAmerica and join the conversation via #GROWgood. Check out Oxfam’s profile on GOOD to learn more.

Submission tips:

  • Include a photo or video that represents your idea. Photos should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB. To include a video, use a YouTube URL.
  • Describe how you would use $1,000 to implement the GROW Method to improve a food experience.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email at

Rules & Regulations

  • This Challenge is open for submissions from October 9 to November 13 (noon Pacific Time).
  • Only US-based organizations and individuals are eligible apply.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Submitted projects must be able to be activated with $1,000 within 6 months of receiving the grant.
  • Projects will be featured on this page and public voting will be open from November 14 to November 29 (noon Pacific Time).
  • The project with the most votes will receive $1,000 to implement their idea.
  • In order to vote, log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t have a GOOD account, it’s free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to validate your address.
  • Read all the rules.

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WTF? I wanted to vote for school gardens project in one area, but i was required to register on clorox site. Not going to happen. so perhaps this site is not for me? I am in favour of local activities and reducing relaince on corporations. I have arthritis..spell check woudl be good for those of us that have trouble typing.
Ypur site ( or me0 seesm to have a problems requesting multiple logins and for that reason I may choose to stop coming.

by tmarcantonio
about 3 years ago | Reply

my age is less then ica not join thise ...plzzzzzzzzz u can register me

over 3 years ago | Reply

did you ot just have your birth day a few days ago and are now 18?

by tmarcantonio
about 3 years ago | Reply

I missed the deadline to submit my idea. But I want to post it here anyway in case anyone is interested in picking this up and running with it. Many large food businesses throw away fruits and vegetables that are not esthetically pleasing or bruised. I wanted to spend the $1K to produce marketing material to be displayed in a food chain (trader joes, whole foods, etc) to educate the public not to overlook these foods. One example of a poster could be a picture of a bruised apple, above it a caption saying "Not such a bad apple". Another example of a poster could be a picture of a misshapen strawberry, above it a caption saying "Not all fruits and vegetables need to be size 6 models!". If anyone is interested in pursuing this, let me know.

by SFsoprano2
about 3 years ago | Reply

That's a great idea! I hope you can continue working on that idea to become a reality!

by funtolearn
about 3 years ago | Reply


by JulieGutfried
about 3 years ago | Reply

Hi Julie, thank you for your interest in this challenge! You do not need to use Facebook in order to join, you may sign up with an email address instead. Email us at with any questions!

by Anna_Silverman
about 3 years ago | Reply

Also, rather than just relying on the large businesses and food entrepreneurs to support the healthy eating habits in communities across America, reaching out to the general public and educating them on the importance of using positive food choices. As a middle class family member myself, my parents, along with friends, think more expensive means fancier rather than healthier. Teaching the general public on why their food choices actually matter will be more impactful than relying on corporations to do so. For families that feel that they cannot afford to buy organic produce, indoor gardens are a viable investment.

by bharath.ramini
about 3 years ago | Reply

In dense areas of population, particularly if they are low income areas indoor farming could be used as a barrier to help give each neighborhood a boundary and an identity. People who are over crowded tend to become violent. By surrounding each neighborhood with indoor farms a clear neighborhood identity can be created and many people within that neighborhood could be employed to produce the food lifting the economy of that neighborhood. Shipping food would be rare and it is quite possible that organic waste can also be used to heat the growing units or fermented for fertilizers or other useful products reducing trash and sewer waste as well.

by JimSadler
over 3 years ago | Reply

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Submission Began
Tuesday, October 09

Submission Ended
Tuesday, November 13
at 12:00 PM PST

Circle-2-inactive Step2-title-voting-inactive

Voting Began
Wednesday, November 14

Voting Ended
Thursday, November 29
at 12:00 PM PST

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The Down to Earth Food Co-op
The Down to Earth Food Co-op

Winner Announced
Friday, November 30

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