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UWGT Announces Finalists in the Social Innovation Challenge 100,000 Kids Hungry No More

MORRISVILLE, NC (July 31, 2014) – Today, United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced the four finalists that have been selected to advance in the 100,000 Kids Hungry No More Social Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is a creative competition aimed at reducing childhood hunger in the Triangle area with one winning idea receiving $50,000.

The four finalists include:

  • Durham Public School System to innovate the way breakfast reaches students
  • A new way to engage shoppers with Pennies 4 Progress developed by NC State students
  • Grocers on Wheels, a creative idea to overcome food deserts
  • Urban Ministries of Wake County partnered with two socially-conscious entrepreneurs to create efficiencies by streamlining food distribution

The four finalists were chosen from 12 semi-finalists by a panel of judges that included business and community leaders, and entrepreneurs, along with food industry and nutrition experts. The proposals were evaluated on social impact, break-through potential, feasibility, sustainability, and scalability.

“Our goal was to engage the community in a conversation about the important issue of childhood hunger and we feel like this is the beginning of that engagement.” said Mack Koonce, president and CEO. “We are excited about the diversity and breadth of the finalists.

Koonce added, “The finalists represent the kinds of partnerships and networks that United Way of the Greater Triangle is building with businesses, government, social entrepreneurs, and nonprofits throughout the Triangle area. We will continue to engage with all participants as we expand the network working on this issue.”

The finalists will now engage in a five-week accelerator where they will receive mentoring and professional assistance to continue to develop their ideas. After which they will have final presentations of their ideas during the UWGT’s CEO Sleep Out on September 11, 2014.

A winner will be announced in mid-September.

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About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)

By working with nonprofit partners, corporations, community and county leaders, along with thousands of volunteers and donors, United Way of the Greater Triangle is creating significant community change in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina through an emphasis on achieving specific results and developing lasting solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues.

Learn more about UWGT’s work at www.unitedwaytriangle.org or find out about volunteer opportunities at www.unitedwaytriangle.org/vol.