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 Innovation Grants Program

The Community Innovation Grants Program  has been designed to allow the United Fresh Start Foundation to collaborate with like-minded stakeholders to increase children’s access, selection, and consumption of fresh produce while they are outside of school. The 2020 program is focused on supporting visionary initiatives and research that not only increases children and families’ access to fresh produce, but also broadens selection and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whether at home, on weekends, during the summer, while out to eat, or any other time outside the traditional school day.

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Non-profit organizations interested in receiving assistance from United Fresh volunteers can complete a brief form that will allow us to connect you to a fresh produce industry leader with expertise that aligns with your needs.

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The United Fresh Start Foundation has awarded a total of $53,000 in grant funding to the following 2020 Community Innovation Grants Program recipients:

  • FoodShare South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Get Healthy Utah, Beaver County, UT
  • Hands on Hartford, Hartford, CT
  • LA Food Policy Council, Los Angeles, CA
  • Roots for the Home Team, St. Paul, MN
  • The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA
  • Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, Warren, OH
  • YMCA of Lansing, Lansing, MI

For the purpose of the grant:

  • Access is defined as creating opportunity where it may not otherwise exist.
  • Selection indicates that fresh fruits and vegetables are chosen over less nutritious options.
  • Consumption focuses on the goal of increasing intake once access is established.

To date, we have collectively granted $100,000 to support programs for over 40 non-profit partners.

Who was Eligible To Apply

Eligible organizations can include not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organizations, schools, universities, small businesses, and others with innovative projects that align with our mission and the Community Innovation Grants objectives to increase access, selection and consumption outside the school day.

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Learn About Past Recipients

For more information about the Community Innovation Grants Program, contact Mollie Van Lieu, Senior Director, Nutrition Policy at 202-303-3403.