Falling leaves, cooler temperatures, shorter days, pumpkins and apples: The fall season offers many paths to go a bit deeper with learning about garden topics and plant life cycles. Adventures like visiting a pumpkin patch or apple orchard are fun ways to learn about how these seasonal staples grow, and to gather ideas to bring back to your own garden.
Thanks to the incredible support of Whole Foods Market team members, shoppers, our dedicated community of supporters and a generous $1 million match from Whole Foods Market...
We raised $5.6 MILLION DOLLARS to support school gardens, educational bee hives, salad bars and healthy teachers programming in all 50 states, Canada, and the U.K!
Your support has helped us serve over 7.2 million kids since 2011 - and we're just getting started! How will $5.6 million dollars help support kids in the U.S., Canada and U.K.?
- 655,000 more students have the opportunity to choose & learn about healthy foods
- 7,500 teachers and staff can receive nutrition and wellness training
- 1,310 schools will be served with our programming
- 600 new school learning gardens can grow
- 300 school salad bars to provide fresh food choices
- 100 educational beehives to help teach kids about the important role of pollinators to our food system
And, we will be able to provide continued support for more than a dozen school districts who are engaged in transforming school food to scratch-cooked meals.
Because Whole Foods Market covers all of the foundation’s administrative costs, 100% of every dollar donated directly supports Whole Kids Foundation programs that give school children better access to fresh vegetables and fruit, as well as educational opportunities to learn about where their food comes from.
“We are grateful to Whole Foods Market shoppers, team members and suppliers who continue their commitment to improving children’s nutrition by supporting this year’s Growing Healthy Kids campaign,” said Nona Evans, president and executive director of Whole Kids Foundation.
“In our eight years supporting schools, we find common-sense solutions like salad bars and school gardens help our kids form healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime. The funds from this campaign will change the way hundreds of thousands of kids eat.”
We want to say THANK YOU one more time. Together, we’re changing the way our kids eat.