Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation supports health and wellness causes through $1.6 million grant to nonprofit organizations

PHOENIX, 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sprouts Farmers Market (Nasdaq:SFM) today (Oct. 18, 2016) announced that the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation will award $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations that support health- and wellness-related causes this fall. The Foundation, which launched in 2015 and distributed $1.3 million in to nonprofit organizations in its first year, focuses its giving in promoting health education and nutrition, food security and hunger relief, and helping people living with disabilities and health concerns. Giving back to the community has been part of the Sprouts culture since its inception. Through the Foundation, the company intends to increase its charitable giving and community engagement by creating partnerships with dozens of local nonprofits through its Neighborhood Grants program, fulfilling larger-scale Impact Grants and encouraging team member volunteerism.

“As Sprouts continues to grow from coast to coast, we remain committed to providing affordable access to healthy food. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation enables us to take our commitment to healthy living one step further by providing financial assistance to health and wellness organizations that support the needs of the local community,” said Sprouts chief executive officer, Amin Maredia.

Top nonprofit partners include:

  • REAL School Gardens – Support of new garden installations, the creation of a school-based health nutrition curriculum and the launch of a new REAL School Gardens region.
  • Vitamin Angels – Helps at-risk populations in need—specifically pregnant women, new mothers and children under five—gain access to lifesaving and life-changing vitamins and minerals. Through the course of our four year partnership, we have helped more than 3 million children.
  • Autism Speaks – Resources for children and adults affected by autism.

Additionally, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation will award more than $400,000 in Neighborhood Grants to 54 local organizations in the 13 states in which Sprouts operates.

“Our Neighborhood Grants program is designed to support local nonprofit organizations that directly impact the communities where we operate,” said Lyndsey Waugh, executive director of the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. “Through this grant program, we’re able to directly connect with local nonprofits that contribute to health and wellness, providing funding, visibility and awareness for their important work. The grants are funded through our in-store ‘community round-up’ campaign, plus dollars from the Foundation. It’s a great opportunity to partner with our team members and customers to support others on their healthy living journey.”

Full list of 2016 Neighborhood Grants recipients by state:
Alabama

  • CAST for Kids Foundation
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Huntsville

Arizona

  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix
  • Council for Jews with Special Needs
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • First Place AZ
  • Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus Pine Council
  • Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona

California (North)

  • Bakersfield Arc
  • Healthy Aging Association
  • Hoffmann Hospice
  • United Way of Stanislaus County
  • Wellspring Women’s Center
  • YMCA of San Francisco

California (South)

  • Boys & Girls Club of South Coast Area
  • Fit Kids
  • Los Angeles Community Garden Council
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Southern California and Nevada
  • Orangewood Foundation

Colorado

  • Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes (at University of CO Medical Campus)
  • Care and Share, Inc.
  • Groundwork Denver, Inc.
  • Healthy Learning Paths
  • Loveland Youth Gardeners
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Colorado
  • STRIVE

Georgia

  • Atlanta Children’s Shelter
  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
  • Center for Helping Obesity in Children End Successfully (CHOICES)
  • Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta
  • Special Olympics Georgia
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity of Georgia
  • Wylde Center

Kansas

  • Just Food of Douglas County
  • Van Go, Inc.

Missouri

  • Autism Works
  • Harvesters – the Community Network
  • Kansas City Community Gardens

New Mexico

  • La Semilla Food Center
  • Meals on Wheels

Nevada

  • Edward Kline Memorial Homeless Veterans Fund
  • Future Smiles
  • Ogden Foundation

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City Beautiful
  • Positive Tomorrows

Tennessee

  • Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency
  • Progress, Inc.

Texas

  • Comal Senior Citizen Foundation
  • McKinney Rotary Foundation
  • New Day
  • Recipe for Success Foundation
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

Utah

  • Community Action Services & Food Bank
  • Green Urban Lunchbox

The 2016 Neighborhood Grant application was available May through August and award recipients were notified in September. For details on next year’s application, please visit sprouts.com/neighborhoodgrants.

About Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation
Founded in 2015, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation supports health and wellness related causes that directly impact the neighborhoods where Sprouts customers and team members live, work and play. Through the passion of Sprouts’ team members and generosity of vendors and customers, the Healthy Communities Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are making the world a better place. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation focuses on giving locally in promoting health education and nutrition, food security and hunger relief and helping people living with disabilities and health concerns.

About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. is a healthy grocery store offering fresh, natural and organic foods at great prices. Sprouts offers a complete shopping experience that includes fresh produce, bulk foods, vitamins and supplements, packaged groceries, meat and seafood, deli, baked goods, dairy products, frozen foods, natural body care and household items catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 24,000 team members and operates more than 250 stores in 13 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit www.sprouts.com or @sproutsfm on Twitter.

Contact:

media@sprouts.com
602-682-1536

Source: Sprouts Farmers Market/globenewswire

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.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Walmart highlight grants awarded to nonprofit organizations to fund nutrition education and meal programs for youth and families

BENTONVILLE, Ark., 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the new school year officially underway, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are highlighting 11 grants awarded to national nonprofits over the past year to fund nutrition education and meal programs for youth and families. Totaling more than $33 million, the grants also increase access to fruits and vegetables through state and federal nutrition assistance programs, underscoring our commitment to helping ensure that every family has access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are funding the following programs:

  • Chef Ann Foundation: $350,000 grant being distributed as101 grants to help schools increase fresh fruit and vegetable procurement, increase participation in the Department of Defense’s Fruit and Vegetable program at 50 schools and provide at least six hours of nutrition education and fruit and vegetable tastings to 35,000 children. www.chefannfoundation.org
  • National League of Cities: $2 million grant to fund year-long meal programs that will provide 2.5 million meals to 32,000 school-aged children across the U.S. by leveraging the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program. www.nlc.org
  • National Recreation & Park Association: $2.5 million grant to provide 18 million meals to 600,000 children and nutrition education to 150,000 children through its local park and recreation agencies. www.nrpa.org
  • Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom: $7.5 million grant providing funding to support 10.8 million federally reimbursed school breakfast meals through an expansion of the consortium’s state-based universal breakfast strategy. www.breakfastintheclassroom.org
  • Share Our Strength: $5.75 million grant to provide eight-week cooking courses and Cooking Matters at the Store shopping tours to 153,000 participants and to create and pilot a self-guided nutrition education application that aims to serve 25,000 people. www.nokidhungry.org

An additional $17.5 million in funding was also provided through grants to the following organizations, using the funds to provide meal programs for students and increase families’ access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables, through state and federal nutrition assistance programs.

· Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: www.cbpp.org
· Children’s Hunger Alliance: www.childrenshungeralliance.org
· Food Research and Action Center: www.frac.org
· Single Stop USA: www.singlestopusa.org
· Y-USA: www.ymca.net
· Boys & Girls Clubs of America: www.bgca.org

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed to providing four billion meals between 2015 and 2020 to those who need them. We’re aiming to reach this goal through a combination of grants to charitable organizations and hunger relief programs, as well as through food donations from our Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers. To learn more about the Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitments to fighting hunger and providing nutrition education, visit giving.walmart.com.

Contact: 1-800-WALMART (1-800-925-6278)

Source: Walmart

Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Grants serve as first investment by the company and its foundation as part of larger $100 million commitment to create economic mobility for the U.S. retail workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C., 2015-2-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, at the National Opportunity Summit in Washington, D.C., Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will announce an initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations, as part of a new Opportunity initiative, a $100 million commitment to help increase the economic mobility of entry level workers in retail and adjacent sectors. This significant investment aims to address some fundamental challenges to advancement, including the skills gap among U.S. workers. The $100 million commitment was first announced last week by Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon, in conjunction with the roll out of new opportunities and enhanced benefits for Walmart associates.

“We are delighted that Walmart is among the growing group of employers investing in education and employment opportunities for workers across the country,” said Russell Krumnow, managing director of Opportunity Nation. “The National Opportunity Summit is an event where leaders from all sectors can come together around shared ideas to restore opportunity in America, and commit to action that will transform our businesses, communities and our country.”

The skills gap among workers is a pressing issue facing the United States today. According to the Bridge the Gap reportpublished by Harvard Business School, 51 percent of retailers find it difficult to fill middle- skills roles.

“We have been working in the dark for too long as we try to address the skills gap among U.S. workers. Now is the time for corporations, educators, and policymakers to come together to identify critical middle-skills jobs, and pinpoint the specific qualifications needed to keep America competitive,” said Matthew Sigelman, CEO of Burning Glass Technologies. “Through its commitment, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are already leading the way and working with strategic partners to further develop skills training and job placement programs, and create clear career pathways to help workers find a lifetime of success.”

With an initial investment of $16 million in grants, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will help more than 12,000 retail and related sector workers gain the knowledge and training they need to advance in their careers through programs offered by the following nonprofit organizations: Achieving the Dream, The ACT Foundation, Dress for Success, Goodwill Industries, Jobs for the Future, McKinsey Social Initiative and the National Able Network. The programs will provide skills training, job placement support and develop interactive maps to showcase career paths within retail and adjacent sectors.

“We are excited to partner with other foundations, employers, training providers, government bodies and nonprofit organizations to improve career pathways for people in retail and adjacent sectors,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs. “We believe progress requires collective action in the industry to align on the skills required for advancement and to develop more innovative, effective, and universally-used training and assessments that recognize on-the-job learning. Ultimately, we aim to increase economic mobility of the U.S. retail workforce as a whole.”

The grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will support the following programs:

Partner Grant Amount Program
Achieving the Dream $1 million Build the capacity of four community colleges to place students in training and secure middle-skills jobs in the retail sector, creating a framework that can be replicated at other colleges (914 students served by the grant)
The ACT Foundation $2.265 million Develop a retail sector-wide competency model and interactive career maps to showcase the career paths of existing jobs in retail, logistics and customer service
Dress for Success $2.58 million Provide 5,400 disadvantaged women from more than 30 states with pre-employment training that will help them obtain jobs and advance in their careers
Goodwill Industries $3 million Build the capacity of eight Goodwill affiliates to provide training and career pathways to advance people from entry level to middle-skills jobs in retail, logistics and customer service (1,500 individuals served by grant)
Jobs for the Future $3 million Grow the capacity of 10 organizations to provide training needed for entry level workers to access jobs in the transportation, distribution and logistics sectors (3,000 individuals served by grant)
McKinsey Social Initiative $3.2 million Develop an innovative retail training and job placement model, and pilot with 650 low-income youths
National Able Network $1 million Build the capacity of 18 centers to train and provide job placement assistance for 1,000 individuals working in retail, logistics and manufacturing

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $100 million commitment over five years will create the career maps, training approaches and alignment among employers and training providers that will help many of the 15 million people working in retail today, including seven million women. In developing these tools and practices, the Walmart Foundation will support programs that directly help 50,000 people, including 30,000 workers move from entry level to middle-skills jobs. The commitment is part of the Walmart Foundation’s focus on creating economic opportunities for individuals globally. The Foundation is also committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts in the areas of sustainability and community.

About Philanthropy at Walmart 
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit www.foundation.walmart.com.

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Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit

Walmart and Walmart Foundation announced initial investment of $16 million to seven national nonprofit organizations at the National Opportunity Summit