Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation Announces $ 3M Grants to Strengthen Local Food Systems, Nutrition Education and School Garden Learning
A total of 115 nonprofits will receive grants from Sprouts, in markets across 23 states.
Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation
Overview of the Sprouts Foundation Annual Giving
PHOENIX, Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation improves school garden learning, nutrition education and expands equitable access to food with $ 3 million in grants to 115 nonprofit organizations lucrative. Since its inception in 2015, the Foundation has awarded $ 15 million to over 300 nonprofit partners who have brought hands-on, kindergarten-based learning to 1.5 million children and provided nutrition education programs. to approximately 900,000 students in Kindergarten to Grade 12. Sprouts Farmers Market covers all of the Foundation’s operational expenses, ensuring that every dollar raised goes directly to programming.
“Sprouts is committed to strengthening local food systems by providing our communities with access to fresh, nutritious food and by giving children the knowledge and resources to lead healthier lives,” said Jack Sinclair, CEO of Sprouts. “Our Foundation’s work with local partners in this effort is just one of the many ways that Sprouts is growing kindness in our communities. “
A list of the Foundation’s 2021 scholarship recipients is available here. Nonprofit partners range from those working at the hyper-local level to those operating nationally. Cumulative highlights include:
115 nonprofits received grants from Sprouts this year, nearly a quarter of which are first-time grant recipients
$ 2.2 million in scholarships will be devoted to capacity and infrastructure development for organizations supporting school gardens and strengthening community food systems
15 nonprofits will deliver learning programs to industrious teens through hands-on career experience in agriculture and business, providing them with the skills they will need for their future
70 beneficiaries run gardening programs, in schools or in the community, breaking down economic barriers to bring fresh, locally grown garden produce to over 600,000 people
42 of this year’s fellows also offer family-friendly programs, bringing children and parents together to learn about gardening, nutrition, and making healthy lifestyle choices on a budget.
“Our partner organizations are led by incredible change agents who work at the neighborhood level to build healthy, vibrant communities and to make healthy habits rewarding and enjoyable for children and families,” said Lyndsey Waugh, Executive Director from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. “With this in mind, we appreciate the importance of working with our partners for the long term and have invested in organizational capacity, program infrastructure and multi-year funding to enable these leaders to be as effective as possible in their work. job.
Highlights of grant recipients include:
Opportunities Spaces (Phoenix) – Spaces of Opportunity brings together many nonprofits on a 19-acre urban farm, all of whom share a mission to improve the health of South Phoenix. This real lab reaches the community through the distribution of fresh produce and a farmers market expanding access to healthy food, and hands-on student programs that promote personal and social growth. Sprouts support will be used to build infrastructure including cool storage, commercial kitchen and other real estate upgrades that will allow Spaces to continue serving the residents of South Phoenix for years to come.
Jones Valley Educational Farm (Birmingham) – Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) instruction creates the opportunity for JVTF graduate apprentices and instructors to bring gardening and culinary arts skills to students in their homes, which has enabled young people in Birmingham to acquire life skills and become a resource for entire families at the height of the pandemic. This winter, JVTF will be opening a new Food Education Center with a Culinary and Nutrition Wing funded by Sprouts.
Cooking with CHOIX (Atlanta) – The Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (CHOICES) is a parent-child resource center that works with children diagnosed as being at risk for obesity. Sprouts support funds hands-on cooking programs and workshops that teach children and their parents how to make healthy food choices and allow them to develop their skills, confidence and preferences for healthy eating.
Sage Garden Project (San Diego) – The Sage Garden Project’s nutritional science lab, mobile kitchen carts, and school garden outdoor spaces allow students to engage in a science experiment with edible results. Their courses teach students to fight childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes from childhood to adulthood. Multi-year funding from Sprouts has helped the Sage Garden Project expand its operations to 60 schools in Southern California, affecting 30,000 students and their families each year.
Fleet Farming / IDEAS for us (Orlando) – Fleet Farming is a non-profit urban farming program of IDEAS For Us, whose mission is to empower all generations to grow food to increase the accessibility of local foods. They achieve this by converting underutilized lawns into productive localized edible gardens or micro-farms. This year, Sprouts funded the purchase of a new truck to help with crop production, the creation of a kitchen and farm prep area, and other supplies to support food distribution efforts. community association.
To download images of highlighted grant recipients, click here. To learn more, visit spouts.com/foundation.
About Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Sprouts is where goodness grows. True to its heritage as a farm stand, Sprouts offers a unique grocery shopping experience with an open layout with fresh produce in the heart of the store. Sprouts naturally inspires well-being with a carefully selected assortment of better-for-you products paired with motivated people. The Healthy Grocer continues to offer the latest healthy and innovative products made with lifestyle-friendly ingredients such as organic, plant-based and gluten-free. Based in Phoenix and one of the fastest growing retailers in the country, Sprouts employs approximately 35,000 team members and operates more than 360 stores in 23 states nationwide. To learn more about Sprouts and the good it brings to communities, visit about.sprouts.com.
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