What We Do: In Communities
The United Fresh Start Foundation’s vision for its community efforts is that all afterschool, weekend, and summer programs where kids gather or are collectively served food provide fresh fruits and vegetables every day they serve children.
Spotlight Initiative: Community Grants Program
The United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program extends the Foundation’s work beyond the school day, providing children with access to fresh fruits and vegetables in after school programs, on the weekends, during the summer, and through other creative venues.
Grants of up to $2,500 are offered to support programs, events, and activities organized by non-profit, community–based organizations that share the Foundation’s commitment to increasing children’s access to fresh produce and helping kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
In 2017, the United Fresh Start Foundation granted 21 communities in 14 states and the District of Columbia with a grant. These grants provided over 30,000 kids with increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
After several successful years providing kids with increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables in schools through Salad Bars to Schools, the Foundation expanded its reach to help kids access healthy produce outside of school, too.
The strategy of reaching kids in schools and outside of them is based on research suggesting multi-tiered approaches contribute to adopting and sustaining healthy behavior.
The United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program was launched in January 2017.
More than 700 organizations applied for the first round of grants, and 10 were selected for funding. Thanks to generous support from the United Fresh Produce Association’s Leadership Class 22, the Foundation was able to grant a second round of funding in 2017, totaling over $50,000 for 21 organizations.
Congratulations to the 2017 Community Grants Program Recipients!
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
- City Blossoms (Washington, DC)
- City Harvest (New York, NY)
- Community Housing Partners (Christiansburg, VA)
- Feeding the Gulf (Theodore, AL)
- Food From Farms (Anacortes, WA)
- Neighbors Building Neighborhoods (Muskogee, OK)
- Montville Public Schools Nutrition Program (Oakdale, CT)
- Second Harvest of San Joaquin & Stanislaus County (Manteca, CA)
- YMCA Camp Greenville (Cleveland, SC)
- Alameda Boys and Girls Club (Alameda, CA)
- Albany Leadership Charter High School (Albany, NY)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County (Jersey City, NJ)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (Seaside, CA)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County (Richmond, IN)
- Children’s Hospital Foundation (Louisville, KY)
- DC Central Kitchen (Washington, DC)
- Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver, CO)
- Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Bozeman, MT)
- HMC Food Pantry (Oceanside, CA)
- South Tulsa Community House (Tulsa, OK)