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Whole Kids Foundation's newsworthy stories from around the globe. 

Whole Kids Foundation® Raises $3.9 Million for Children’s Nutrition

AUSTIN, Texas (November 27, 2018)

100 percent of funds directly support schools with edible gardens, salad bars, beehive grants and healthy teacher programs.

Whole Kids Foundation Launches 2018 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept 1, 2018)

$3M goal will allow nonprofit to fund edible educational gardens, healthy teacher programs, salad bars in schools, and educational bee programs; Applications for grants being accepted now

Whole Kids Foundation Funds 30 New Bee Grants for Schools & Non-Profits with Inaugural Give Bees a Chance Fundraising Campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (July 30, 2018)

Whole Kids Foundation announced today that it raised more than $60,000 to fund 30 new educational bee programs through the first Give Bees a Chance campaign during June’s National Pollinator Month. Grant recipients cover 23 states, providing educational opportunities around science, ecology, nutrition and agriculture for 15,574 students.

Whole Foods Market Commissions Official Fiesta Medals Available for $10 each at San Antonio Locations

AUSTIN, Texas (April 14, 2018)

Each medal sells for $10 with 100% of the proceeds supporting Whole Kids Foundation! Sales from the medals will help fund grants for salad bars, edible learning gardens and honey bee hives in San Antonio schools. 

Whole Kids Foundation® Funds 600 New Edible Education Gardens

Whole Kids Foundation announced 602 new school and school-garden-support-organization grant recipients. The recipients cover 46 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces, providing educational opportunities around agriculture, ecology, nutrition and business for 356,798 students. 

United Health Foundation & Whole Kids Foundation to Award 22 Garden Grants to North Carolina Schools

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 18, 2017)

First lady of North Carolina Kristin Cooper joined United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation today to award 22 grants totaling $44,000 to schools and YMCAs statewide.

Each organization will receive a $2,000 grant to build or expand an existing vegetable garden and provide educational resources about agriculture, caring for the environment and maintaining healthy lifestyles. The grants stem from an initiative by United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation to address hunger and support nutrition education. 

Whole Kids Foundation® Launches Free Organic Education App, Helping Kids Discover the Meaning of Organic

AUSTIN, Texas (June 29, 2017)

Today, Whole Kids Foundation launches Starting with Soil, a free tablet based organic education app available via Google Play and the App Store, to provide a fun way for kids and parents to learn what it looks and feels like to grow food in harmony with nature.

Whole Kids Foundation Chosen As Edible Austin's Local Hero

AUSTIN, Texas (April 23, 2017)

Since 2011, the Whole Kids Foundation has invested $15 million in programs to improve the nutrition and general wellness of more than four million children in the United States, Canada and the U.K.

Whole Foods Market commissions Official Fiesta Medals, proceeds go to Whole Kids Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas (March 29, 2017)

Whole Foods Market commissions Official Fiesta Medals, available for $10 each at company’s two San Antonio Locations. 100% of proceeds benefit Whole Kids Foundation.

50 New School Beehives Funded by Whole Kids Foundation® and The Bee Cause Project

AUSTIN, Texas (March 29, 2017)

Today, Whole Kids Foundation and The Bee Cause Project announced 50 new school beehive grant recipients

School Lunch Gets Real - Whole Kids Foundation featured in Edible Austin's Fresh Issue

AUSTIN, Texas (January 1, 2017)

Thanks to the strategic vision of Austin Independent School District (AISD) and the financial and moral support of nonprofit Whole Kids Foundation, lunch in the cafeteria is evolving to be more nutritious, more locally sourced and far more hip than what most of us remember. 

Whole Kids Foundation® completes 2016 Growing Healthy Kids campaign; raises $2.8 million for school salad bars, gardens

AUSTIN, Texas (January 4, 2017)

Whole Kids Foundation announced today that it raised $2.8 million to fund programs that give schoolchildren better access to fruits and vegetables through the annual Growing Healthy Kids campaign.  

Farming recognized at Awards for Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom 2016


Two of this year’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Learning Outside the Classroom have been won by people working in educating children about farming.

Two Students from Flint, MI, Help the President & First Lady Michelle Obama Harvest the White House Garden

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 6, 2016) 

Two students representing Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools from Freeman Elementary School, Flint Community School District, Flint, MI, helped First Lady Michelle Obama harvest the White House Kitchen Garden

$2.5 Million Donation Preserves White House Kitchen Garden

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 5, 2016)

The Burpee Foundation And The W. Atlee Burpee Company Partner With The National Park Foundation To Support The White House Kitchen Garden In President's Park

Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation Announce Recipients of Healthy Kids Innovation Grants

AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 20, 2016)

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.

Whole Kids Foundation Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

AUSTIN, Texas (September 12, 2016)

This month marks an important milestone for Whole Kids Foundation as it celebrates five years as an organization dedicated to supporting schools and inspiring families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness.

More Than $1 Million Available To School Districts Committed To Serving Healthier Meals

BOULDER, Colorodo (September 15, 2016)

Dedicated to improving school meals in America, three top school food nutrition foundations are opening the second round of School Food Support Initiative grant funding, committing more than $1million to support up to seven school districts across the nation.

Whole Kids Foundation Raising the Bar and Funds for School Nutrition

AUSTIN, TX (September 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.

Ribbon Cutting Shines Light on YMCA Children's Community Garden

CLARKSBURG, WV (July 12, 2016)

The children’s community garden at the YMCA has grown to be an asset for the youngsters learning to garden, as well as serving as a means to give back to different organizations in the community. The garden was funded by a grant from Whole Kids Foundation. 

Bees at the Sustainable Food Center (photos)

AUSTIN, Texas (Aprill 19, 2016)

The Sustainable Food Center created a buzz with its new apiary, funded with a grant from Whole Kids Foundation. Click here to see photos of the hive.

Sustainable Food Center Welcomes a Queen (video)

AUSTIN, Texas (April 19, 2016)


The Sustainable Food Center showcased its new teaching apiary with a ceremony introducing the queen bee to its colony. The apiary was funded by a grant from Whole Kids Foundation. Watch the video from KXAN-TV.

Farm to School Grants Launch for Canadian Schools

AUSTIN, Texas (Nov 13, 2015)

Farm to Cafeteria Canada Partners With Whole Kids Foundation to Put a Local Crunch in Student’s Lunch With Farm to School Grants.

Whole Kids Foundation Supports Tour de Fresh

WATSONVILLE, California (October 12, 2015)

Partners of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, Whole Foods Marketand Whole Kids Foundation, will support this year’s Tour de Fresh by hosting the start and finish line ceremonies on the final ride day in Atlanta on Oct. 22.

Whole Kids Foundation Unleashing the Power of a Healthy Teacher

AUSTIN, Texas (October 1, 2015)

Teachers who reinforce positive healthy behaviors throughout the day have a far greater impact on a child’s behavior around food choices than nutrition information alone.

$600,000 Available to Five School Districts Committed to Serving Healthier Meals

BOULDER, Colorado (October 1, 2015)

The Life Time Foundation, in partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation and the Whole Kids Foundation, launch the School Food Support Initiative to provide healthier school meansl

Whole Kids Foundation and United Health Foundation fund Innovation in Education Grant

LOS ANGELES, Califorinoa (October 1, 2015)

United Health Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation will provide $150,000 in the first round of grants to support innovative projects nationwide that will improve children’s health and nutrition. 

Whole Kids Foundation launching 2015 Growing Healthy Kids Campaign

AUSTIN, Texas (September 1, 2015)

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. 

The Melt Proud® to Partner with Whole Kids Foundation®

SAN FRANCISCO, California (August 13, 2015)

The Melt, an all-natural restaurant chain, proudly partners with Whole Kids Foundation.

Saffron Road® Honors Ramadan by Giving Back to Whole Kids Foundation® Through Sales

STAMFORD, Conn. (June 15, 2015)

In the spirit of Ramadan, Saffron Road will be supporting nonprofit Whole Kids Foundation with up to $10,000 in donations.

Whole Foods Market® & PBS Kids® Collaborate to Raise Funds for Whole Kids Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas (July 31, 2015)

Austin-based Whole Foods Market® has launched a line of school supplies with PBS kids that will support educational programming AND Whole Kids Foundation!

Whole Kids Foundation Partners with PBS Kids to Support Healthy Kids at Whole Foods Market

NEW YORK, New York (July 10, 2015)

Having partnered for the winter holiday season last year, Whole Foods Market and PBS Kids are teaming up again for the back-to-school season this year. 

Whole Kids Foundation Educational Garden Celebration

ROSWELL, Georgia (April 17, 2015)

Whole Foods Market celebrates Earth Month with an announcement of the first-ever Whole Kids Foundation Educational Garden!

The Melt Partners with Whole Kids Foundation to Fund School Gardens

SAN FRANCISCO, California (April 8, 2015)

When guests at The Melt ‘Round-Up’ their orders to the nearest dollar, 100% of each donation goes toward funding grants for edible school gardens and fun food education for kids.

Daily Greens™ Debuts Organic Cold-Pressed Smoothie Line for Kids

AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2015)

Healthy juice maker brings benefits of drinking greens to a new generation exclusively in Whole Foods Markets®.

Gardener Brings Hometown Investment to National School-Food Program

SAN ANDRES, California (February 6, 2015)

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant helps a gardener bring hometown investment to national school-food program.

Whole Kids Foundation Makes Edible Education Possible

REDMOND, Washington (January 20, 2015)

Whole Kids Foundation makes transformative experience of gardening possible for kids.

Free Holiday Screening of "Elf" to Benefit Whole Kids Foundation

COLOMBIA, South Carolina (December 20, 2014)

Whole Foods Market shows a free holiday screening of "Elf" to benefit Whole Kids Foundation.

Farmers' Market Program Teaches Students Nutrition

PALM SPRINGS, California (November 5, 2014)

Whole Kids Foundation grant-funded farmers' market program teaches students nutrition

Kids Take Over the Kitchen for Whole Kids Foundation Cooking Challenge

AUSTIN, Texas (December 1, 2014)

For the second year, Whole Kids Foundation Cooking Challenge results in some great dishes, all created by young chefs.

Circle of Nations School Promotes Healthier Lifestyles for Their Children

MOUNTAIN PLAINS REGION (November 24, 2014)

Thanks to Whole Kids Foundation, the USDA is able to offer Circle of Nations School soup and salad bar twice a day along with meals using produce from their school kitchen garden.

PBS KIDS® and Whole Foods Market® Partner to Roll Out Sustainable Toys for Holiday Season

AUSTIN, Texas (October 30, 2014)

PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market announced a partnership today that will bring PBS KIDS’ line of educational and earth-friendly toys exclusively to the supermarket’s customers this holiday season.

This is What Makes Whole Foods Awesome

AUSTIN, Texas (October 21, 2014)

Whole Foods is more about the give than the take and has three global non-profit foundations: Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Planet Foundation, and Whole Cities Foundation.

Saffron Road Funds the Grant of Salad Bars in Each of the Middle Schools of Peoria, IL

STAMFORD, Connecticut (October 15, 2014)

As the result of a very successful give back initiative which took place this past July, Saffron Road is thrilled to announce the grant of four salad bars – one for each of the middle schools in Peoria, Illinois school district. - Read more. 

MDVIP Foundation Partners with Whole Kids Foundation to Raise Awareness of Healthy Eating For School-Age Children

BOCA RATON, Florida (October 14, 2014)

MDVIP Foundation plans to fight childhood obesity by brining salad bars to schools with the partnership of Whole Kids Foundation. 

Can Whole Foods Serve Southside Chicago's Soul?

ENGLEWOOD, Chicago (October 10, 2014)

Whole Foods Market® to open store in Whole Kids Foundation stomping grounds--Englewood, Chicago. 

Whole Kids Foundation to Recognize Englewood School Gardens

ENGLEWOOD, Chicago (September 19, 2014)

Eight Englewood schools will be recognized Friday for their community gardens by the Whole Kids Foundation.

Driscoll's Awards Grant to Whole Kids Foundation

WATSONVILLE, CA (September 3, 2014)

Driscoll’s, a leader in fresh berries, has awarded a $10,000.00 grant to Whole Kids Foundation as part of its school garden grant program. 

Whole Kids Foundation™ Kicks off Growing Healthy Kids Campaign to Help Improve Children’s Nutrition

AUSTIN, Texas (September 2, 2014)

Whole Kids Foundation is kicking off back-to-school season with a goal of raising $3 million to fund salad bars and gardens for schools and nutrition education classes for teachers. 

Making school lunch healthy is hard. Getting kids to love it is harder. This lady did both.

CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 18, 2014)

Striding past samples of Pop Tarts and pizza and cookies, Jessica Shelly made a beeline for a booth selling individually packaged sliced fruits and veggies

Ramadan cuisine made easy with nearly 50 Certified Halal products from Saffron Road

STAMFORD, Connecticut (June 26, 2014)

In the spirit of Ramadan, Saffron Road will be supporting nonprofit Whole Kids Foundation, helping to fund salad bars

Lady Moon Farms is first produce company to join Whole Kids Foundation as a Growing Healthy Kids supplier partner

CHAMBERSBURG, Pennsylvania (June 5, 2014)

Lady Moon Farms is excited to announce a partnership with Whole Kids Foundation to improve the nutrition of America's children through salad bars and school gardens. 

Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates Whole Kids Foundation Learning Garden at Roberts Elementary

WAYNE, Pennsylvania (May 29, 2014)

The Whole Kids Foundation Learning Garden at Roberts Elementary is officially open after a ceremonial ribbon cutting

KIWI Magazine announces the winners of its national Take Your Parents to Lunch Day contest

NEW YORK, New York (April 24, 2014)

In honor of National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day KIWI partnered with Whole Kids Foundation to offer three $1,000 grants.

Garden party for kids

DALLAS, Texas (April 15, 2014)

The Whole Kids Foundation and the Park Lane Whole Foods Market store host a garden party.

To market, to market... to sell some fresh veggies

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (June 16, 2013)

The students, called the Whole Kids Farmers Market, were among full-time farmers from all over the region that had set up their tents to sell fresh veggies.

Whole Kids Foundation to support childhood health and wellness

AUSTIN, Texas (July 25, 2011)

Whole Foods Market® establishes new foundation to make significant impact on ending childhood obesity through increased access to healthy foods.

Nearly 900 schools in U.S. and Canada to receive salad bars and gardens through Whole Kids Foundation

AUSTIN, Texas (December 10, 2012)

Donations from more than two million Whole Foods Market® shoppers help raise $2.27 million to support healthy food choices in schools.

Eat your greens to give some green

LOS ANGELES, California (September 4, 2012)

Whole Foods Market® to donate $1 for every pound of salad purchased on Sunday, Sept. 9 at all Southern Pacific Region Stores.  

Raising the (salad) bar and rooting for school gardens

AUSTIN, Texas (July 31, 2012)

Whole Kids Foundation turns 1—‘lettuce’ celebrate one year, more than 1,000 schools and 1 million kids sowing healthy change.