Food is the Solution Scholarship

Every year, Fresh n’ Lean contributes $1,500 in scholarship funds through the Food is the Solution Scholarship. We welcome high school and college students to apply to this program and to become Fresh n’ Lean Scholars.

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Scholarship Status: We are not accepting applications at this time. Please return to this page or email us for status updates about the next submission period.

Are you passionate about food? Do you care about health, the environment, food security, food waste, or animal welfare? Show us that you share our vision for a healthier and more sustainable world by applying to our Food is the Solution Scholarship, and win up to $1,500 by submitting a written or video essay.

Apply for our Academic Scholarship today by telling us how you imagine a world where food is the solution and get a chance to win a $1,500 award!

Award Amount: Prize: $1,500
Submission Deadline: TBA
Award Date: TBA

$1,500 in Scholarships to be Awarded

The Problem:

Our food system is broken. The 2017 Global Nutrition Report shows that 30% of the food produced around the world is wasted, the food system is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, and one-third of land degradation. According to a 2010 United Nations Report, animal agriculture itself accounts for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, which is higher than the entire transportation sector, and is posing a major risk not only to animal welfare but also the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Meanwhile, on one side of the world children are malnourished and face existential food insecurity, while on the other children as young as five are showing signs of obesity and diabetes through malnutrition in the form of fast food.

The Solution:

While food is the problem, food can also be a solution. The right food choices and systems can nourish people, the planet, and even economies, creating healthy societies and lives worth living. There are new technological developments in farming (e.g. vertical farming, urban hydroponics, aquaponics, zero-waste restaurants, veganic farming, food cooperatives, community gardens) and food products (e.g. cellularly engineered meat, plant-based milks, fungi-based seafood) that inspire hope and promise. We would like to hear from you how you think food can be the solution to the very problems food systems have created.

Scholarship Prize:

Every year, Fresh N Lean contributes $1,500 scholarship funds. One student will be selected to receive the funds.

Application Deadline:
Scholarship applications are currently closed, please check back later for updates.
What To Do:

Submit either a written or video essay that presents food as the problem, and then explains how it can also be the solution. For example, you might write an essay about the problems posed by animal agriculture and then explain the principles of how veganic farming can offer a compelling solution.

Make a Video
Submit a video essay that presents food as the problem, and then explains how it can also be the solution.

Video entries should be limited to 5 minutes. Video must be uploaded to YouTube and the link should be submitted with your final application. The video description should include:

1) a short written description of your video essay
2) the hashtag #FoodIsTheSolution

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Write an Essay
Submit a written (1,000 words) essay that presents food as the problem, and then explains how it can also be the solution.

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Support your ideas with current, peer-reviewed research and reports to be cited at the end of the essay. Entries will be judged on their originality, creativity, and style, as well as its structure and quality of references.

Include your full name, email address, telephone number, and residential address with the submission.

How to Apply:

  • Read the Scholarship Rules
  • Submit the Application Form
  • Email your essay to


  • 14 years or older
  • Accepted to or enrolled in a high school, college or university in the United States

Winner Notifications

Selected candidates will be contacted via email and featured on this page as “Food is the Solution Scholars”.

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To get started, simply fill out and submit your scholarship application form. If you have any
questions, email us at:

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About Fresh N Lean

At Fresh n’ Lean, we believe that by choosing what to put on our plate, we shape the world around us. We started our company with the commitment to providing fresh, delicious, organic, and plant-based or vegan meals that are good not only for you, but for society and the planet as well. This is why, in addition to serving hundreds of meals a day, we developed our scholarship program. It captures our commitment to education and the belief that young people today have the power to positively impact our broken food system, public health crisis, and the environmental degradation we see today. Change is possible, and it begins with the new generation that will shape the future of food tomorrow.

Scholarship Announcements

August 8, 2018

Lessie Farriss Scholarship PrizeThe winner of our first scholarship prize has been selected.

Congratulations to Lessie Farriss from University of Central Florida in Orlando to take home $1,500 in scholarship funds to use towards out of state tuition.

Thank you for sharing your story with us and advocating for a sustainable food system.




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