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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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 2018, the United Fresh Start Foundation granted $50,000 to support Community Grants for 20 non-profit partners.

The Approach

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 History

The United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program was launched in January 2017.

Congratulations to the Community Grants Program Recipients!


  • Ag Against Hunger (Salinas, CA)
  • Alameda Boys & Girls Club (Alameda, CA)
  • Alfond Youth Center (Waterville, ME)
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County (Nogales, AZ)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake (Murray, UT)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (Scottsdale, AZ)
  • Community of Hope Ministries (Garner, NC)
  • FeedMore, Inc. (Richmond, VA)
  • Food From Farms (Anacortes, WA)
  • Gowan Science Academy, (Yuma, AZ)
  • Inclusion Connections (Olathe, KS)
  • Lake County Free Clinic (Painesville, OH)
  • Ottawa County Farmers Market (Miami, OK)
  • Performing Arts Center Trust, Inc. (Miami, FL)
  • Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture, Inc. (Ojai, CA)
  • Teen Kitchen Project (Soquel, CA)
  • Western Indiana Community Action Agency, Inc. (Terre Haute, IN)
  • Wolverine Human Services (Detroit, MI)
  • YMCA Camp Greenville (Cleveland, SC)
  • Youth Services Bureau of St. Joseph County (South Bend, IN)

A detailed description of the projects funded by 2018 Community Grants Program is available here.


  • Alameda Boys and Girls Club (Alameda, CA)
  • Albany Leadership Charter High School (Albany, NY)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City (Kansas City, MO)
  • 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)
  • City Blossoms (Washington, DC)
  • City Harvest (New York, NY)
  • Community Housing Partners (Christiansburg, VA)
  • DC Central Kitchen (Washington, DC)
  • Feeding the Gulf (Theodore, AL)
  • Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver, CO)
  • Food From Farms (Anacortes, WA)
  • Gallatin Valley Farm to School (Bozeman, MT)
  • HMC Food Pantry (Oceanside, CA)
  • Montville Public Schools Nutrition Program (Oakdale, CT)
  • Neighbors Building Neighborhoods (Muskogee, OK)
  • Second Harvest of San Joaquin & Stanislaus County (Manteca, CA)
  • South Tulsa Community House (Tulsa, OK)
  • YMCA Camp Greenville (Cleveland, SC)

To Apply

To be notified about the next United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grants Program application cycle, please fill out the form below.

Community Grants Program