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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about what Whole Kids Foundation's all about? Check out the FAQs below or feel free to contact us

What is Whole Kids Foundation?

Whole Kids Foundation is a charitable organization that provides children with access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators and organizations. Read more about what we do.

Why did Whole Foods Market create a children’s foundation?

Whole Foods Market has long had a concern about the growing rate of obesity in America and about children's obesity in particular.


The company began working to improve the food children eat in schools through a partnership with the Food, Family, Farming Foundation and Chef Ann Cooper, the Renegade Lunch Lady. Whole Foods Market and its shoppers donated more than $700,000 to fund The Lunch Box, a free online resource that helps schools improve the nutritional value offered in their lunch programs.


They partnered again to raise funds to grant more than 500 salad bars to schools across the nation. Whole Foods Market pledged $1 million to fund additional salad bars and was a founding partner in the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative.


Whole Kids Foundation was officially established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Is Whole Kids Foundation a 501(c)(3)?

Yes. We received 501(c)(3) status approval from the IRS in June 2011. We are currently working to establish charitable status in Canada and the United Kingdom.

How is Whole Kids Foundation funded?

Whole Foods Market funds all operating costs for Whole Kids Foundation. Our programs are funded by a variety of sources, including Whole Foods Market shoppers, vendors, team members and other private and corporate partners.

Where does Whole Kids Foundation work?

Whole Kids Foundation focuses its work in the countries where Whole Foods Market has stores. This currently includes the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Who are your education and healthy food experts?

Whole Foods Market has a wide variety of nutritional experts, including a medical advisory board, that guides its healthy eating philosophy. Whole Kids Foundation relies on this expertise, in addition to building relationships with other health and nutrition experts, including:

Does Whole Kids Foundation accept submissions for other types of grants for schools?

Whole Kids Foundation maintains a narrow focus on our existing grant programs for schools, which include school gardens, salad bars and healthy teachers. At this time we are not funding grants for other purposes. We do share information about other programs via our e-newsletter and social media channels. Please feel free to contact us.

Does Whole Kids Foundation sponsor events or conferences?

All of our program funding supports schools directly. We are not currently able to provide cash or in-kind sponsorship to events or conferences. We are happy to consider sharing information about events with our audiences. Please feel free to contact us.