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 established with the goal of extending 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.

The Community Grants Program supports programs, events and activities organized by non-profit, community-based organizations that share our commitment to increasing children’s access to fresh produce and helping kids develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Grants are available in various amounts up to $2,500.

Applications must be submitted through the online portal. Preview the information you’ll be asked to provide in advance here.

Community Grants Program Application

Congratulations to the 2017 Community Grants Program Recipients

More than 700 organizations applied for the first round of grants after the Community Grants Program was announced in the spring of 2017. Thanks to the generous support from the produce industry and individual donors, the foundation awarded two rounds of grant funding in 2017, totaling over $50,000 for 21 organizations. 

Round 1

  • 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)

Round 2

  • 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)

General Grant Information & Requirements

  • 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
  • Grants are available up to $2,500. The Foundation’s goal is to support a variety of community programs, and therefore, 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

To sign-up for more information about the Community Grants Program, contact Andrew Marshall.