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Finalists Announced in Social Innovation Challenge

All summer long we have been engaged with new people, ideas and potential new solutions to one of this area’s most pressing needs–childhood hunger.  The Social Innovation Challenge–100,000 Kids Hungry No More was created to fund a great idea but also to collaborate with people working in this area and establish new partnerships to solve this problem.

We recently announced the four finalists:

  • 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 finalists were chosen from a group of 12 semi-finalists that were selected from the 40 applications we received since beginning this process on May 1.

Each semi-finalist team presented their idea in front of a panel of judges that included business and community leaders, 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 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 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.