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Celebrating the work of young entrepreneurs who are working to address environmental and food insecurity problems. Nominations will be accepted until April 26, 2024.

Award Guidelines

Specific criteria considered for the awards include:

  1. Innovation and Creativity. We are searching for changemakers, who have harnessed creativity and resourcefulness to make a tangible impact on their community and inspire others.
  2. Community Impact. We are seeking individuals who have made a tangible impact on their communities.
  3. Focus on Food. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about addressing food insecurity, whether they have pioneered projects to feed communities in need, or volunteered with other organizations. A commitment to the issue of food security will be highly valued.
  4. Leadership. We seek individuals with strong leadership skills, eager to mobilize and inspire others to join their cause, as well as a willingness to share their stories. Our nominee’s ability to rally a team and navigate challenges will be acknowledged.


Showcase your efforts and get exposure to a wider audience.

Opportunities to have your project featured in media outlets.

Mentorship opportunities from 10 under 20 alumni, and/or leaders from Hormel Foods.

Grant of $2,500 to the nonprofit organization of your choice.

Join a vibrant network of like-minded individuals, fostering invaluable connections within the food industry and beyond.

Additional Recognitions


Introducing the “Ambassador” category at the Food Heroes Awards, a recognition dedicated to established organizations that are making a significant positive impact in addressing food insecurity and strengthening communities, serving as an inspiration for 10 under 20 candidates. This category acknowledges the remarkable work of these individuals who tirelessly work towards creating a sustainable and equitable food system.