Castanea Fellows

Two is Better Than One A Fuller Picture of the Potential

The Castanea Fellowship creates opportunities for transformative leadership to thrive. Castanea Fellows will build power to shift structures and culture towards the creation of a more equitable, sustainable, and healthy food system for children, families, and all communities. Castanea Fellowship is nurtured by a stellar Steering Committee, supported by a powerhouse advisory council, informed by hundreds of conversations with food system change-makers, and inspired by a decade of successful alumni from the W.K. Kellogg Food and Community Fellows. Here is our vision:

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We were humbled by the response to the Castanea Fellowship. More than 400 applications were received, allowing us to see the depth of leaders in the field. During the course of reviewing the applications, the Selection Committee and Steering Committee acknowledged the outstanding pool and decided we had a unique opportunity to select both the 2019 and 2020 cohort.

Each cohort has exceptional leaders representing a variety of approaches, tactics, and issues areas – as well as – a diversity of geographic and both lived and applied experience in building a more racially just food system. Both cohorts are majority people of color and women-identified.
We look forward to welcoming both cohorts!


Join the numerous foundations, nonprofit, and business leaders in this multi-sector collaborative committed to shaping an equitable future for food. Grants, gifts, and individual donations are welcome.
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