With the support of valued vendors, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation funds programs that establish elementary school and community gardens in underprivileged areas, develop school-based healthy nutrition curriculum, deliver life-saving vitamins and nutrition to at-risk populations around the world, and much more. The goal of shifting the landscape of health in our society is a big one, and we look forward to creating healthy communities, together.
January 2015The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation was established to empower individuals to live healthier lives.
March 2015The Foundation donated $50,000 to No Kid Left Behind, funding a school breakfast program for low-income students in California and healthy cooking classes for families in Colorado.
October 2015The Foundation raised $430,000 for Vitamin Angels to help combat childhood malnutrition around the world through vitamin supplementation.
November 2015The first learning garden with REAL School Gardens was built at Jerry Junkins Elementary School in Dallas, Texas with the support of funding from the Foundation.
March 2016The first Visionary Partners golf tournament was held with Sprouts' vendors and partners participating to raise funds to help shift the landscape of health in our society.
April 2016The Neighborhood Grants program was launched, donating more than $400,000 to 54 local nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the neighborhoods where Sprouts team members and shoppers live, work and play.
June 2016The Foundation awarded $500,000 to REAL School Gardens to fund 13 new learning gardens and the creation of a nutrition curriculum for students.
November 2016REAL School Gardens built its second learning garden at Regan Elementary School in Dallas, Texas with funding from the Foundation.
June 2017The Foundation awarded $225,000 to Soil Born Farms in Sacramento, Calif. to support school-based nutrition education and gardening programs at 10 low-income schools.
June 2017Denver Urban Gardens received $500,000 from the Foundation to create 10 new community gardens and Youth Farm Stands at multiple schools in Denver, Colo.
August 2017Teachers in North Carolina began piloting the Foundation's and REAL School Gardens' nutrition curriculum with students at seven elementary schools.
September 2017The Foundation awarded $430,000 in Neighborhood Grants to 58 local nonprofit organizations.
October 2017The Foundation awarded $150,000 to support Spaces of Opportunity, an 18-acre community farm in Phoenix, Ariz.
November 2017REAL School Gardens built its fifth learning garden in Atlanta, Ga., marking the organization's expansion into Georgia with the support of the Foundation.
April 2018The Foundation’s annual in-store Round Up for Children’s Health & Nutrition Education raises a record-setting $315,000. Proceeds from the round up helped fund local Neighborhood Grants in the states where the dollars were raised.
May - June 2018The Foundation announces a three-year partnership with the College of Natural Sciences at University of Texas at Austin to support hands-on cooking and nutrition curriculum as an intervention for childhood obesity.
October 2018The Foundation announces $2.2 million in donations to 130 organizations specializing in children’s health and nutrition.
November 2018Sprouts hosts its first Day of Service uniting more than 500 team members in 28 communities to volunteer.
Key Partners and Programs
Support for 13 new learning gardens for low-income schools in Dallas, Atlanta and Nashville, plus the creation of a nutrition curriculum that will benefit more than 100 schools.
School-based gardening, teacher training and nutrition education for low-income schools in Sacramento County.
Creation of 10 new community gardens, school-based nutrition education and support for over 18 Youth Farm Stands that broaden access to nutritious foods in neighborhoods with limited resources. In 2018, 17,000 Denver Metro Area gardeners, led by 450 volunteer garden leaders, grew 650,000 pounds of food, while another 34,000 nearby residents benefited from food grown in DUG programs.
Support for an 18-acre community garden that will broaden access to healthy, nutritious foods in the heart of South Phoenix.
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. To date, Sprouts has helped Vitamin Angels reach more than 2 million mothers and children with life-saving vitamins.
Three-year partnership designed to enhance the existing Texas Sprouts school gardening, nutrition and cooking programs through continued teaching support, training and on-site research that will create tools that can be scaled and replicated across multiple markets and partner organizations.
Partnership will serve 38 school sites in San Diego County with cooking carts and program-related materials for school-based nutrition and cooking programs, and funding for educational staff to operate the program.
Program support for the National School Garden Support Organization Network, including collaboration, conferences and sharing best-practices resources. The Foundation’s support for Life Lab will refine and share a new program model for highly integrated school garden and nutrition education programs currently being piloted in the Parajo Valley and east San Francisco Bay areas.