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Open Food Network

Open Food Foundation

The Open Food Foundation is an online infrastructure for communities of food producers, distributers, and buyers to co-create decentralized, transparent, and sustainable food systems.

Founded: 2012 by Kirsten Larsen, Serenity Hill

  • Program Area

    Environment, Food & Agriculture, Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
  • Location of Impact

    Global, Australia, United States, Canada, France, Norway, South Africa
  • Headquarters Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Open Source
  • Budget

    $0 to $500,000
  • Founder Demographics

    Female, LGBTQ

The Open Food Network is the flagship enterprise of the Open Food Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit, registered tax concession charity established in October 2012, to develop, accumulate and protect open-source knowledge, code, applications, and platforms for fair and sustainable food systems. We are a software foundation committed to food system transformation. While established in Australia, we support global collaboration on open source projects. The development of the Open Food Network has been largely funded through philanthropy and government grants and a huge volunteer contribution. An OFN service was launched in Australia in June 2015. We are currently piloting in Canada, South Africa, UK and Scandinavia and we have partners developing projects in France and USA.

Funders and Awards

A timeline of funders and major milestones can be found here: The majority of our start-up funding came from VicHealth (a government health promotion agency in Australia) $200,000. We were one of five winners of the global Ouishare awards in 2015 (collaborative consumption category; selected from 140 projects worldwide).