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GuideWell Offers $40,000 Prize For Winning Idea To Help End Hunger

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

The parent company of Jacksonville-based Florida Blue is asking for ideas on how to end hunger.

Nearly three million people in Florida - including 800,000 children and 500,000 seniors - can’t get sufficient and nutritious food.

GuideWell is challenging entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and innovators to bring forth ideas for ending the problem.

Ideas must address one of several areas:

  • Food access - especially in food deserts.
  • Proper use and storage.
  • Resilience after weather events or economic loss.

GuideWell’s Kirstie McCool told WJCT News that any group is welcome to apply to potentially win $40,000, which would be used to help fund the solution.

“As an example, it might be some high school students working with a local nonprofit, building out food gardens or working with a religious institution, or it could be an entrepreneurial social venture or a local grassroots non-profit entrenched in a local community that might have some food insecure citizens.”

Applicants must submit their food insecurity solutions by August 15.

The application form and additional information is at this .

Michelle Corum can be reached at, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.

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