Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation award $200,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations to improve children’s nutrition

Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation award $200,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations to improve children’s nutrition
Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation award $200,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations to improve children’s nutrition


AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation are awarding a total of $200,000 to nine schools and nonprofit organizations through the Healthy Kids Innovation Grant Program, which was created to fund the next generation of ideas to improve children’s nutrition.

Recipients were chosen for creating programs aimed at increasing access to healthy, nutritious food and nutrition education in their communities. Each will receive up to $25,000 to put their creative project ideas in motion. Projects range from community gardens and student entrepreneurship initiatives to online video-based training programs.

As part of United Health Foundation’s Better Health in Local Communities initiative, Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation share a common mission to improve people’s health and quality of life. According to America’s Health Rankings, children are three times more likely to have their health needs unmet if they are living in low-income or impoverished areas – these programs expand access to healthy foods that can improve the health of those who need it most.

“The Healthy Kids Innovation Grant recipients are pioneering what’s next in children’s nutrition,” said Nona Evans, president and executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “We are grateful for United Health Foundation’s partnership to fund these programs that will collectively serve thousands of students.”

“These grants will help facilitate innovative solutions that we hope will shape future standards for children’s health and nutrition and improving people’s health and well-being,” said Chris Stidman, president of United Health Foundation.

The nine grant recipients are:

A Garden for Every School, Keep Iowa Beautiful – Des Moines, Iowa

A $25,000 grant will support “A Garden for Every School,” a free, online, video-based training program for school garden planning through Keep Iowa Beautiful, a nonprofit that brings cultural and economic vitality to communities through improvement and enhancement projects. Ten short, easy-to-share videos on Teachers-Going-Green.com provide step-by-step training on how to plan and create a garden, from assembling a team to asset-mapping. A downloadable school garden-planning guide is also available. The videos and planning guides can be revisited and updated annually as an ongoing resource for school gardens.

Vegetable Desert Farmer’s Market, Charles Barrett Elementary – Los Angeles

With relatively few grocery options in South Los Angeles, access to fresh fruits and vegetables is limited. This $25,000 grant will support a nutrition education and entrepreneurship program at Charles Barrett Elementary School in partnership with Girls Inc., which develops research-based programs that encourage girls to take risks and master challenges. Female students will have the opportunity to manage a garden, learn about the nutritional value of vegetables, and create a sustainable business through class time and an after-school garden club. Students will tend the garden and create a farmers market program. Through mentorship and education, this program addresses the need for fresh vegetables in the community, helps foster student entrepreneurship, and expands healthy eating and financial literacy for girls.

Kids and Community at the Bethel Farm, Willamette Farm and Food Coalition – Eugene, Ore.

Willamette Farm and Food Coalition (WFFC) works to increase low-income individuals’ access to locally grown foods. The $25,000 grant will enable WFFC to lead farm-to-school activities for students at the Bethel Production and Education Farm, which is funded and managed by the Bethel School District. This will also help the district’s nutrition services staff in sourcing food from the farm, engage residents of the surrounding low-income community in gardening opportunities, and help establish a low-cost community support agriculture (CSA) program and farm stand.

Teacher Training in Mindfulness-Based Integrative Nutrition and Body Wellness, Jefferson County Public Schools – Louisville, Ky.

Research indicates that teachers are more at risk than other adults to neglect self-care. Seeking to disrupt this trend, Jefferson County Public Schools will receive a $25,000 grant to fund professional development opportunities for its teachers to create self-care plans. The two-day educator retreat will include seminars that address topics such as mindfulness, self-care and nutrition. The teachers will then create curriculum to share with students and form a monthly professional learning community to maintain momentum in mindful health and wellness.

Leadership Legacy Institute 2017, The Oriental Institute – Chicago

The Oriental Institute will use its $25,000 grant to help fund a program for teachers that use the archaeological exploration of food, health and nutrition in ancient civilizations to help students understand human diets and the importance of food diversity for health. The Oriental Institute is dedicated to providing learning opportunities about the cultures of the ancient Near East to children. This new program will help teachers connect children with the lives of ancient peoples and help them make healthy, educated food decisions. Thirty fifth- through eighth-grade teachers from the Chicago area will train to use this curriculum to teach nutrition and gardening through the lens of ancient archeology.

Farm at School, Encinitas Union School District – Carlsbad, Calif.

Connecting a district-wide garden education program to the district lunch program, Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) will use its $25,000 grant to support the “Farm at School” program. By providing all students with a full-day field trip to the district’s 10-acre Farm Lab, an organic garden for nutritional education, students will acquire grade-level-appropriate lessons that support a food-literate culture. Experiential learning will incorporate design, research, engineering, art, math and science to support nutrition that connects school garden education to the cafeterias at each school in the district. The Farm at School program will aid students in making the connection between EUSD-grown food and school lunch choices with a student-led branding campaign and videos to promote the Farm Lab food. An app for parents and students will share menus and notifications about EUSD-grown produce.

Slow Food USA – Denver

School garden programs continue to proliferate across the country, providing students with hands-on experience in growing, harvesting, cooking and eating healthy fresh produce; however, due to food safety concerns, lack of kitchen facilities or staff training, few school districts allow school garden produce to be served in cafeterias. This $25,000 grant will support the development of a Garden-to-Cafeteria Toolkit for Slow Food USA’s chapter sites across the U.S. to support the protocol development and training necessary to have a successful program. The second phase of the project will involve in-person workshops at five school districts, and remote support for five to ten school districts to overcome any hurdles to successful implementation. This program is a tremendous opportunity for students to see the connection between fresh produce grown in the school garden and healthy food that is served in the cafeteria.

Green Garden Bakery, Urban Strategies, Inc. – Minneapolis

Urban Strategies is a not-for-profit organization working to build safe and thriving communities in urban core neighborhoods. This $20,000 grant will support the expansion of the organization’s Green Garden Bakery program, a youth-run environmental veggie dessert business that engages underserved kids in a weekly after-school program. Students learn about gardening, cooking and nutrition, and will grow, harvest and develop recipes for their produce while simultaneously developing the brand and business. The program’s expansion will incorporate more youth and reach more people throughout Minneapolis.

School Garden Data Collection App, Captain Planet Foundation – Atlanta

Captain Planet Foundation is an environmental education nonprofit that operates Project Learning Garden to share a comprehensive school garden program with educators that includes the tools necessary to integrate gardens in school culture. With the ultimate goal of helping children develop an early palate for fresh fruits and vegetables, an $8,000 grant will fund the development of an app to collect school garden data, including pounds harvested, tasting events, lessons given, photos, quotes and workdays, along with a web-based interface to enable streamlined reporting by multiple groups.


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Whole Kids Foundation to raise money to fund school salad bars and gardens, and nutrition education classes for teachers

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2016-Sep-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Throughout September, Whole Foods Market shoppers can get involved by participating in one of hundreds of in-store events or by making donations at store checkouts or online at wholekidsfoundation.org. Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Kids Foundation programs. The campaign’s goal is to raise $4 million to fund school salad bars and gardens, and nutrition education classes for teachers.

“The Growing Healthy Kids Campaign is an integral part of the foundation’s work,” said Nona Evans, president and executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “It provides us the opportunity to raise funds to support our programs AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 1, 2016)—With its 2016 Growing Healthy Kids campaign, Whole Kids Foundation aims to raise $4 million to fund programs that give schoolchildren in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. better access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and to engage with community members that shop at Whole Foods Market and care about children’s nutrition and health.”

Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation’s programs have impacted the lives of more than 4 million children in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., have funded more than 3,600 school gardens and have implemented 4,600 salad bars in schools. Additionally, Whole Kids Foundation has reached 11,000 teachers with its healthy teacher education program.

As part of this year’s Growing Healthy Kids Campaign, each of the following supplier partners has pledged to donate $40,000 to support the foundation’s work: Annie’s, Applegate, Back to Nature, Barbara’s Bakery, Cascadian Farm, Clif Kid, Health Warrior, King Arthur Flour, Organic Valley, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Tom’s of Maine, and Stonyfield Farm.

Whole Kids Foundation keeps a laser focus on programs that support schools and inspire families to improve nutrition. With resources from this annual campaign, the organization is able to evolve and respond to changing needs over time. For example, as part of a new initiative this year, Whole Kids Foundation recently awarded $200,000 to nine recipients through its Healthy Kids Innovation Grant, created to fund the next generation of ideas in children’s nutrition and engage kids in making healthy food choices.

Whole Kids Foundation accepts applications for its Salad Bar Grant Program, created in partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, year-round at wholekidsfoundation.org. It’s also accepting applications for its School Garden Grant Program, created in partnership with FoodCorps. Schools can apply through Oct. 31 in the U.S., and through Nov. 15 in Canada.


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Whole Kids Foundation launches 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign; aims to raise over $4 million for children’s nutrition

Whole Foods Market encourages consumers to invest in a healthier future for children through support of their foundation’s Growing Healthy Kids Campaign

AUSTIN, TX, 2015-9-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Kids Foundation is launching the 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign, which aims to raise over $4 million to inspire families and support schools related to children’s nutrition. This year’s goal is to raise funds and awareness to help over one million kids gain access to nutritional education and fresh fruits and vegetables through the funding of salad bars and gardens for schools, as well as nutrition education classes for teachers.

“Our programs work to ensure kids gain better knowledge, understanding, curiosity, and consumption of nutritious fruits and vegetables, which in turn helps them pay better attention in class, improve their academic performance, and build confidence,” said Nona Evans, executive director of Whole Kids Foundation. “It’s been incredibly rewarding to see how quickly kids truly do come to understand the connection between what they eat and how they feel.”

Twelve retail partners have each committed to donating $40,000 to the Growing Healthy Kids Campaign this September. They are: Annie’s, Applegate, Back to Nature, Barbara’s, Cascadian Farm, Clif Bar, Daily Greens, King Arthur Flour, Organic Valley, Rudi’s Organic Bakery, Suja, and Stonyfield Farm. Additionally, Whole Foods Market covers operational costs for the foundation, which allows one hundred percent of individual donations to directly support Whole Kids Foundation programs. Customers can get involved by making a donation at store check-outs or online at wholekidsfoundation.org.

Launching this month, Whole Kids Foundation is introducing a new Healthy Kids Innovation Grant in partnership with United Health Foundation. These grants are meant to pave the way for fresh ideas around children’s health and nutrition in schools. Whole Kids Foundation has also introduced a new Extended Learning Garden Grant, which provides funding to support educational edible gardens on the grounds of a non-profit organization working with children. To see how edible gardens and salad bars are helping educate and inspire children to learn about nutrition, watch this video.

Rooted in three simple principles – eat a rainbow of colors, eat leafy greens first and eat as close to nature as possible – Whole Kids Foundation offers a variety of resources for parents and children through the organization’s Kids Club, which provides fun and healthy activities, including art projects, books, and recipes to do with kids both at your local Whole Foods Market location or at home.

Nona Evans

Whole Kids Foundation President & Executive Director

Nona has a longstanding passion for improving the experience of children’s education, which she has married with the importance of nutrition and access to healthy food choices through Whole Kids Foundation, the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market.




Whole Kids Foundation launches 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign; aims to raise over $4 million for children’s nutrition

Whole Kids Foundation launches 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign; aims to raise over $4 million for children’s nutrition

Whole Foods Market opens its first store in The Woodlands on Wednesday, March 18

Store opens March 18 at Hughes Landing

HOUSTON, 2015-3-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first Whole Foods Market store in The Woodlands will open Wednesday, March 18, following a 7:30 a.m. bread-breaking ceremony with remarks from company and local officials.

During the ceremony, Jerry Brown, the store’s team leader, and Nona Evans, Whole Kids Foundation, will award six garden grants to area schools: Ann K. Snyder Elementary, Bozman Intermediate, Coulson Tough K-6 School, Galatas Elementary, Oak Ridge Elementary and Sam Houston Elementary. Whole Kids Foundation, founded by Whole Foods Market, supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.

“We are so excited about the opportunity these grants provide for our students,” said Conroe ISD Superintendent Don Stockton. “Healthy eating and nutrition are foundational elements to success in school.”

Brown will also present a check to HOPE, The Will Herndon Research Fund as part of the opening day ceremonies.

In celebration of its grand opening, the store will hold tastings and special sales, and will offer live music and activities for all ages. Additionally, the first 500 shoppers will receive a free Whole Foods Market reusable shopping bag. The Allegro Coffee Bus will be on site from 7a.m. to noon, serving complimentary coffee drinks.

As part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to the community, the store will hold a series of community giving days on Wednesdays during the first five weeks the store is open. Guests can support a different local nonprofit each Wednesday, simply by shopping.

The following organizations will receive 1 percent of sales:

• March 18 – Interfaith of The Woodlands
• March 25 – The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council
• April 1 – The Woodlands Children’s Museum
• April 8 – Operation Pets Alive
• April 15 – Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch

“Whole Foods Market has been in Houston for more than 20 years, but we know that for The Woodlands community, that wasn’t close enough,” Brown said. “We are delighted to finally be right here in The Woodlands and to be able to support all of the wonderful nonprofit organizations that help make up the vibrant fabric of this community.”

More information is available at

Facebook – Whole Foods Market The Woodlands
Twitter & Instagram – @WholefoodsHOU

Store address:
Whole Foods Market The Woodlands
1925 Hughes Landing Blvd. Suite 100
Woodlands, TX 77380
Store Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Phone: 832-246-5600