Our Work

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.

Highlights

January 2015

The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation was established to empower individuals to live healthier lives. Read more

March 2015

The 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. Read more

October 2015

The Foundation raised $430,000 for Vitamin Angels to help combat childhood malnutrition around the world through vitamin supplementation. Read more

November 2015

The 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. Read more

March 2016

The 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. Read more

April 2016

The 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. Read more

June 2016

The Foundation awarded $500,000 to REAL School Gardens to fund 13 new learning gardens and the creation of a nutrition curriculum for students. Read more

November 2016

REAL School Gardens built its second learning garden at Regan Elementary School in Dallas, Texas with funding from the Foundation. Read more

June 2017

The 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. Read more

June 2017

Denver Urban Gardens received $500,000 from the Foundation to create 10 new community gardens and Youth Farm Stands at multiple schools in Denver, Colo. Read more

August 2017

Teachers in North Carolina began piloting the Foundation's and REAL School Gardens' nutrition curriculum with students at seven elementary schools. Read more

September 2017

The Foundation awarded $430,000 in Neighborhood Grants to 58 local nonprofit organizations. Read more

October 2017

The Foundation awarded $150,000 to support Spaces of Opportunity, an 18-acre community farm in Phoenix, Ariz. Read more

November 2017

REAL School Gardens built its fifth learning garden in Atlanta, Ga., marking the organization's expansion into Georgia with the support of the Foundation. Read more

April 2018

The 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. Read more

May - June 2018

The 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. Read more

October 2018

The Foundation announces $2.2 million in donations to 130 organizations specializing in children’s health and nutrition. Read more

November 2018

Sprouts hosts its first Day of Service uniting more than 500 team members in 28 communities to volunteer. Read more

Key Partners and Programs

REAL School Gardens

REAL School Gardens

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.

Soil Born Farms

Group photo at Soil Born Farms Group

School-based gardening, teacher training and nutrition education for low-income schools in Sacramento County.

Denver Urban Gardens

Denver Urban Gardens

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.

Spaces of Opportunity South Phoenix Urban Farm

Student gardening in a field

Support for an 18-acre community garden that will broaden access to healthy, nutritious foods in the heart of South Phoenix.

Vitamin Angels

Vitamin Angels

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.

UT Austin

UT Austin Texas Sprouts Gardeners

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.

Sage Garden Project

Sage Garden Group

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.

Life Lab

Life Lab Kids in Garden

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.

Spring 2019 Healthy Communities Grant Recipients

Good for the Future Text with Sprouts Foundation and General Mills LogosSpecial thanks to General Mills for providing matching funds for each of our Spring Healthy Communities Grants.

Since 2015, the Foundation has partnered with a growing number of nonprofit organizations who are working to provide nutrition education and healthy food access to kids. With successful programming and deep community roots, we’re working to help these organizations expand existing programs, pilot new programs, and increase organizational capacity through our Healthy Communities Grant.

We are pleased to recognize General Mills for contributing $100,000 to help support the grant programs listed below. Each recipient will receive a two-year grant of $25,000 per year, which will be used to help with program expansion and increased organizational capacity in the areas listed.

Oklahoma City Beautiful

Oklahoma City Beautiful Kids Gardening

Oklahoma City Beautiful operates programming within 24 local schools, keeping teachers, parents and community members engaged with the school gardens. With a growing interest from students and teachers to use the garden more frequently, funding from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Grant will allow Garden Educators from Oklahoma City Beautiful to work directly with the schools, delivering structured science lessons, hosting hands-on gardening and composting sessions, and facilitating regular harvesting and tasting experiences.

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Living Classrooms

Living Classrooms kids Cooking

Living Classrooms works with kids and teens in Baltimore, Md. providing resources to help them reach their full potential. Among their many enduring programs is Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS), which serves second through fifth graders with interactive lessons through its greenhouse, cooking lab, vegetable gardens and onsite wetlands, teaching them the entire farm-to-table lifecycle. Each spring, the students host their own farmers’ market where they sell produce grown in the garden and gain real-world experience using their math and entrepreneurial skills. Funding from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Grant will allow BUGS to expand, making it possible for nearly twice as many kids to participate. On days when the students are leading the cooking lessons, parents will also be invited to attend and learn about the importance of eating and preparing a healthy meal, from their kids.

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Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful Kids in Garden

Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful encourages environmental stewardship throughout their community through numerous cleanup and tree-planting projects and the Florida Learning Garden, where students participate in hands-on greenhouse, composting, gardening and upcycling activities. With the Healthy Communities Grant, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will work in collaboration with Farm to School Tampa to teach kids garden education lessons through in-school and after-school programming. Kids will also participate in cooking demonstrations and taste tests with produce harvested locally from the garden.

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Garden School Foundation

Garden School Foundation

Garden School Foundation (GSF) provides in-depth garden-based education to youth at Title I schools in Los Angeles, strengthening connections between food justice, environmental awareness, and community health. Their Seed to Table program of hands-on gardening and nutritional cooking classes teach over 3,000 children a year how to collaboratively grow, harvest, and prepare their own healthy foods. In the spring of 2018, GSF launched the Cafeteria to Compost program at their flagship garden at 24th St. Elementary in Historic West Adams, diverting over 2,000 lbs. of food waste a month straight from the lunch tables to the garden’s compost piles. Students, parents, and school staff are collaboratively learning the importance of food waste reduction and the science of soil building. As a Healthy Communities Grant recipient, GSF aims to increase their monthly diversion of food waste to 4,000 lbs./month, launch a related whole foods recovery and redistribution effort, and explore expanding the Cafeteria to Compost program to its six other school sites and beyond!

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