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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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Rapid Response FRESH Grants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Fresh Start Foundation has infused the fresh produce industry with 25 $1,000 Rapid Response FRESH Grants to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children and families in need, while also creating opportunities for foodservice distributors experiencing lost markets due to the restaurant, hospitality, and school shutdowns.


Congratulations to the 25 COVID-19 Rapid Response FRESH Grants recipients and the organizations and schools receiving their fresh produce donations:

Grant recipient Organization/school district receiving fresh produce donation
AeroFarms, Newark, NJ Table to Table
Aloha Produce Foodservices, Bend, OR The Giving Plate, The Shephard’s House Ministries, Council on Aging, and Co Veterans
AM Fresh North America Inc., Glassboro, NJ Glassboro Food Bank
Ark Foods Group, Inc., Brooklyn, NY


City Harvest
Bonanza Produce Company, Sparks, NV Reno Sparks Gospel Mission
Brothers Produce of Dallas, Inc Range Elementary (Mesquite, TX)
DNO Produce, Columbus, OH Communities in Schools, Southwest City Schools, Grove City, OH
Freshway Produce, Inc., Atlanta, GA Feeding South Florida
Indianhead Foodservice, Eau Claire, WI Chippewa Falls Area School District
J&J Produce Company, Inc., Hattiesburg, MS Lamar County School District, Petal School District, Forrest School District, Hattiesburg Public School District
J.H. Honeycutt & Sons Inc., Chadbourn, NC Food Bank Central & Eastern North Carolina
Kimball & Thompson Produce Co., Inc, Lowell, AR Arkansas Foodbank
Lancaster Foods, Jessup, MD ALIVE! Food Program (Alexandria VA)
Limehouse Produce, North Charleston, SC Lowcountry Food Bank
Miller Farms, Clinton, MD Capital Area Food Bank (Washington, DC)
Potato Specialty Co, Inc, Lubbock, TX Lubbock Impact
Preferred Produce, Detroit, MI Motor City Mitten Mission
Pure Flavor, Leamington, Ontario Peach County Schools
Sirna & Sons Produce, Ravenna, OH Center of Hope
Southern Colorado Farms, Center, CO Care and Share Food Banks
Specialty Produce, Inc, San Diego, CA San Diego Food Bank
Tropical Sourcing LLC, Livingston, NJ Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce
Willie Itule Produce, Phoenix, AZ St. Mary’s Food Bank
Worden Farm, Punta Gorda, FL All Faiths Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club Sarasota County and Charlotte County
Zafar Produce Inc, New Windsor, NY Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

Our goal is to break down the barriers that impact access to fresh produce, and bring community members and the supply chain together during this extraordinary time.“These are two pressing needs facing our country today that are interconnected,” said United Fresh Start Foundation Chair Lisa McNeece, Vice President, Foodservice and Industrial Sales, Grimmway Enterprises, Inc. “Kids are out of school and families are out of work. We need to make sure they get fresh produce through remote feeding sites or community programs. And, at the same time, our foodservice distributors have been devastated by the immediate shutdown of their markets. This is an attempt to inspire our greater industry to recognize both needs and do what we can to help.”

This program is funded through the generosity of those individuals who have agreed to donate their prepaid registration fees for the United Fresh 2020 Convention in San Diego to the Foundation. Thank you for inspiring us to make this program possible.

To everyone else – were you planning to attend?  Or just want to help? Please consider making a donation directly to our Foundation now, and we’ll keep serving kids everywhere as best we can.  You can make your donation using the button below. Thank you for your support!


For more information, contact Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director of Nutrition Policy, at 202-303-3403.