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

BOULDER, Colorado (February 20, 2020)

Whole Kids Foundation and Chef Ann Foundation are proud to announce five districts selected as the fourth round of schools for the Get Schools Cooking program – a comprehensive three-year program that helps districts transform their school lunch program to healthy, whole, nutritious meals made from scratch.

AUSTIN, Texas (October 28, 2019)

Whole Kids Foundation announced today that $5.6 million was raised through its annual Growing Healthy Kids campaign at Whole Foods Market stores that will fund K–12 school programs in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. that change the way we feed our kids. The funds raised include a $1 million customer donation match by Whole Foods Market.

REDWOOD SHORES, California (September 24, 2019)

September 2019 has been a big one for the mushroom industry – from the annual National Mushroom Month activations to the announcement of the James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project finalists -- and the Mushroom Council has one more exciting announcement. Whole Kids Foundation is the latest organization to partner with the Mushroom Council to promote The Blend in an effort to improve children’s nutrition and to help families make healthier choices.

BOULDER, Colorado (September 5, 2019)

Chef Ann Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation are now accepting applications for Get Schools Cooking, a comprehensive three-year program that helps districts transform their school lunch program to healthy, whole, nutritious meals made from scratch. The application deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019.

AUSTIN, Texas (September 3, 2019) — Today, Whole Kids Foundation launched its annual monthlong Growing Healthy Kids campaign to fund K–12 school programs in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. that connect kids to real food. For this year’s campaign, all Whole Foods Market locations will match register donations up to $1M for two weeks beginning today through September 17.

AUSTIN, Texas (August 20, 2019)

Grants valued at $2,000 available for K-12 schools and nonprofits
in the U.S. and Canada

WHO: Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on children’s nutrition and wellness, invites K–12 schools and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada to apply for 2020 Garden Grants and Beehive Grants valued at $2,000.

Garden Grant Program

The Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new edible learning garden for K–12 schools and nonprofits.

Bee Grant Program

Together, Whole Kids Foundation and The Bee Cause Project are awarding a choice of either monetary or equipment grants valued at $2,000 through the Bee Grant program. This program allows for K-12 schools and nonprofits to receive support for educational beehives, so children can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in the food system.

The application window for both the Garden Grant and Bee Grant is open from Sunday, September 1 – Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Visit the Whole Kids Foundation website at wholekidsfoundation.org for details on both grant programs, application processes and best practices.

The more kids know and feel connected to their food, the more curious they become about how things grow or taste, and the more willing they are to try new foods.
Edible school gardens help children learn more about where their food comes from and can shape healthy choices for a lifetime, while educational beehives provide learning opportunities around biology, agriculture, ecology, nutrition and business. Since 2011, Whole Kids Foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants, including 5,452 gardens and 401 educational beehive grants, impacting more than 7.2 million students.

Additionally, Whole Kids Foundation funds Salad Bar Grants for schools with applications accepted year round. See additional programs and funding available to support healthy kids through the foundation HERE.

AUSTIN, Texas ( July 9, 2019)

Today, Whole Kids Foundation announced that it raised more than $113,000 to fund 56 new bee grants through the 2019 Give Bees a Chance campaign during June’s National Pollinator Month. The monthlong fundraising effort supported the organization’s Bee Grant Program, which provides schools and nonprofits with beehives to help kids understand the important role bees play in our food system.

AUSTIN, Texas (May 20, 2019)

Today, World Bee Day, Whole Kids Foundation launched the Give Bees a Chance campaign to showcase the vital role that bees play in our food system, winning support from some of the nation’s most celebrated chefs. The Give Bees a Chance campaign goal is to raise $100,000 to fund 50 new educational beehives for schools across the nation.

AUSTIN, Texas (March 28, 2019)

Whole Kids Foundation announced today that 602 garden grants will be awarded to schools and school garden-support organizations to sustain edible education gardens. The $1.2 million investment will serve 457,021 students by providing $2,000 grants in 48 U.S. States and 9 Canadian provinces.

AUSTIN, Texas (February 20, 2019)

Whole Kids Foundation announced today that 150 new salad bars will be provided to schools in the U.S. this year. The $500,000 investment will ensure more than 75,000 students will have access to fresh healthy produce at school.

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.

AUSTIN, Texas (November 27, 2018)

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

AUSTIN, Texas (March 29, 2017)

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

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.

AUSTIN, Texas (January 4, 2017)

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


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.

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.

BOULDER, Colorado (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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

AUSTIN, Texas (Aprill 19, 2016)

The Sustainable Food Center created a buzz with its new apiary, funded with a grant from Whole Kids Foundation.

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.

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.

WATSONVILLE, California (October 12, 2015)

Partners of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, Whole Foods Market and 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.

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.

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 means.

LOS ANGELES, California (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.

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.

SAN FRANCISCO, California (August 13, 2015)

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

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.

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!

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.

ROSWELL, Georgia (April 17, 2015)

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

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.

AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2015)

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

SAN ANDRES, California (February 6, 2015)

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

REDMOND, Washington (January 20, 2015)

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

COLOMBIA, South Carolina (December 20, 2014)

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

PALM SPRINGS, California (November 5, 2014)

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

AUSTIN, Texas (December 1, 2014)

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

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.

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.

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.

STAMFORD, Connecticut (October 15, 2014)

As the result of a very successful giveback 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.

BOCA RATON, Florida (October 14, 2014)

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

ENGLEWOOD, Chicago (October 10, 2014)

Whole Foods Market to open a store in Whole Kids Foundation stomping grounds—Englewood, Chicago.

ENGLEWOOD, Chicago (September 19, 2014)

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

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.

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.

STAMFORD, Connecticut (June 26, 2014)

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

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.

WAYNE, Pennsylvania (May 29, 2014)

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

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.

DALLAS, Texas (April 15, 2014)

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

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.

AUSTIN, Texas (July 25, 2011)

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

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.

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.

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.