Growing Up Fresh

The United Fresh Start Foundation is focused on one core mission — to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Community Grants Program

The United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program was launched in 2017. The initiative extends the foundation’s work beyond the school day, to provide children with access to fresh fruit and vegetables after school, on the weekends, during summer breaks and in other creative venues.

The program provides $25,000 in grants to local community organizations and groups that share the United Fresh Start Foundation’s commitment to increasing kids’ access to fresh produce, helping them develop healthy habits to last a lifetime. Our community grants support programs, events and activities that increase children’s access to fresh produce. Grants are available in various amounts up to $2,500.

In 2017, more than 700 organizations applied for the community grants. Of those, ten organizations were selected to be recipients.

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)

If you are interested in being notified about the next cycle of community grants, please contact Andrew Marshall.



  • Grants must be used to support programs, events and/or activities that align with the United Fresh Start Foundation’s mission to increase children’s access to fresh produce
  • The 2017 grant cycle began on March 1 and the deadline to apply was April 20, 2017
  • Completed grant applications should be submitted by April 20, 2017 to Andrew Marshall at
  • Recipients were notified by June 15, 2017 if they have been awarded a grant
  • Grants are available up to a maximum of $2,500. The Foundation’s goal is to support many different community programs, so awards may be made at lower amounts
  • Organizations applying must be a not-for-profit organization that holds a current tax-exempt status from the IRS
  • Recipients of the grants must complete their work within one year of receiving the grant funds
  • Recipients of the grants will be asked to provide post-grant feedback and evaluation

For more information and questions about the Community Grants Program, contact Andrew Marshall.