Loaves & Fishes chosen as a semi-finalist for the Drucker Innovation Award.

Out of 495 applicants, 50 organizations were deemed by the first-round judges to have best met Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation— “change that creates a new dimension of performance”—in order to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people they serve. Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen is one of those organizations!

Loaves & Fishes now has the opportunity to participate in round two of the application. The ultimate winner of the Drucker prize award will receive $100,000!

“We are pleased to advance these 50 promising semifinalists to Round 2, where they will have the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in the social sector, and then demonstrate how they might further leverage the discipline of innovation going forward,” said Zach First, the executive director of the Drucker Institute. “One organization will win $100,000 in the end—but everyone will walk away with powerful new knowledge.”

“Loaves & Fishes is honored to be selected among some of the nation’s finest organizations and to be recognized for our work by the world renowned Drucker Institute. Getting to the next round is validation of what I’ve always believed, that this is a unique organization with a remarkable staff,” said AnnMarie Zimmermann, the executive director of Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen in San Jose.

The winner of the $100,000 Drucker Prize will be announced on September 30.

Hailed by Businessweek magazine as the “man who invented management,” Peter Drucker not only consulted for major corporations; he also advised countless other social-sector organizations. He called the nonprofit “America’s most distinctive institution.”

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