Good News Updates
LA Morning News Spotlights School Gardens for Earth Month
April 24, 2023
School gardens are a powerful tool to bring what students are learning in classrooms to life. During this KTLA-TV interview, Executive Director of the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation links Earth Month with what students are learning in school gardens nationwide. Learn More
Why School Gardens?
March 23, 2023
Learn about why school gardens are the perfect place to teach children how to care for themselves, their neighbors, and the planet. Click here to read more.
Round Up for Kids’ Nutrition Education
March 15, 2023
In schools across the country, educators are bringing the classroom outdoors through hands-on, school gardening programs. With interactive lessons for all types of learners, they are optimal environments for teaching our kids, while introducing them to fresh fruits and vegetables! The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has proudly supported school gardening programs since 2015, and we are now excited to invite our customers to share in this incredible work. Learn more about school gardens and our Round Up for Kids' Nutrition Education program.
Sprouts Team Members Join Out Teach and Young Men’s Service League to Build a New Outdoor Classroom
December 16, 2022
Sprouts team members joined up with the Young Men’s Service League to build a new outdoor classroom in Dallas. Students and faculty at Solar Preparatory School for Boys are excited to add the garden to their experiential learning curriculum. Learn more about the garden build here.
Strengthening Health and Community through The Common Market’s ‘Food Access Fund’
December 1, 2022
The Common Market’s Food Access Fund helps nonprofit organizations, working to reduce food insecurity, purchase local produce at a discounted rate. Through this fund, thousands of individuals across The Common Market’s service area have been able to access healthy, farm-fresh produce, often in areas with few fresh options. Read more about this fund and its impact. Click to learn more.
Sprouts’ Fourth Annual Day of Service Brings Together 1,000 Volunteers
November 16, 2022
Sprouts team members from communities across the country have joined together for the fourth annual Day of Service. Over 50 organizations have received Sprouts’ support this fall, totaling more than 4,000 service hours. Learn about what these volunteers accomplished.
“Bringing Hope Home” for Cancer Patients and Their Families
June 29, 2022
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has teamed up with the organization, Bringing Hope Home, to support individuals impacted by cancer. Through Bringing Hope Home’s programs, individuals battling cancer can access financial resources to pay household bills, allowing them to focus more on their recovery than on the financial burdens that come with this disease. Continue Reading...
Save the Date – Sprouts Day of Service
June 13, 2022
Sprouts Day of Service is on Saturday, November 5 Read more about Sprouts Day of Service.
The Healing Properties of the Garden at Manzo Elementary
June 3, 2022
Students at Manzo Elementary in Tucson explore cultural traditions, nutrition education, and life skills in the school garden. Manzo's integration of the garden into the student experience has provided a safe space for kids to learn, grow and decompress while processing the complex emotions brought on by the pandemic. Read more about Manzo Elementary's garden.
Growing School Gardens Summit Sells Out with 400 Attendees
March 24, 2022
The first-ever Growing School Gardens Summit, hosted by the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, in partnership with Life Lab and the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) Network, has sold out with 400 attendees, set to gather in Denver this April. The event, which will span across four days, will include field trips, networking sessions, and more than 50 workshops on topics such as school garden design, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) in the garden, creating community partnerships and more. Learn about the Summit.
Solid Ground: Empowering Innovation During COVID-19
March 20, 2022
Seattle-based Solid Ground is on a mission to end poverty and create opportunities that allow everyone to thrive. The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has supported Solid Ground’s food and nutrition programs since 2018. Read about how the organization has continued impacting its community while navigating the challenges of the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Arizona Students Showcase Culinary Talents in Feeding the Future Cooking Competition
March 18, 2022
Students across Phoenix gathered to compete in the fourth annual “Feeding the Future” cooking competition, where ten groups went head-to-head to see who could make the best school lunch! Read more here
Growing Healthy Minds and Bodies with Edible Peace Patch Project
February 10, 2022
Sprouting up in Saint Petersburg, Florida is a new way for kids to learn during school. Edible Peace Patch Project is transforming once barren school yards into interactive garden classrooms that engage kids in an eight-week, science-based garden program. Read the full story here.
Improving Food Security for Kids of Baton Rouge with Three O’clock Project
December 9, 2021
Emily Chatelain, the executive director of Three O’clock Project, is on a mission to end hunger that many children in her community face after school, during the summer months and in times of crisis. Collaborating with 30 local partners, Three O’clock Project serves over 25,000 meals to kids each month! Click here to learn more.
Sprouts’ Third Annual Day of Service Reaches Fifty Communities
November 15, 2021
More than 700 team members participated in the third annual Sprouts Day of Service on Saturday, November 6th. Together, they contributed 2,500 service hours building gardens, distributing food to individuals in need, and helping to grow goodness across our communities. View event photos here.
Philadelphia’s Concert Garden Revitalized with $32,000 Donation from Sprouts’ Foundation
June 23, 2021
Just minutes away from Sprouts Store #850, in Philadelphia, is the Concert Garden. Through a donation from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation, the garden has been restored with new features that will help as they host community events for years to come. Learn more about Sprouts' partnership.
GrowingGreat: Bringing Science, Nutrition and Garden Education to Kids across Los Angeles
June 16, 2021
GrowingGreat serves nearly 20,000 students each year with nutrition education and garden-based learning. When the pandemic forced their programs to move online, they rose to the challenge, creating "GrowingGreat from Home." Now children and their parents can garden, cook, and learn together. Read their full story here.
Backyard Basecamp Brings Outdoor Learning to Northeast Baltimore
May 26, 2021
Atiya Wells, Founder of Backyard Basecamp, is on a mission to turn an abandoned property in Northeast Baltimore into a thriving outdoor education center. With the support of her community, she and the rest of the BLISS Meadows team are well on their way to making this dream a reality. Click here to learn more.
Bridging Orlando’s Healthy Foods Gap by Bike
May 24, 2021
Fleet Farming is transforming average American lawns in Orlando into micro "farmlettes," helping individuals and families grow their own food and share it with the community. Read more about their innovative programming and the Swarm Rides that make it possible.
School Garden Program Leads to Kids Eating More Veggies
May 15, 2021
Getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables can sometimes be challenging, but researchers at UT Austin have found that garden-based education, combined with tasting of fruits and vegetables, can lead to significant improvements in kids' consumption of healthy foods. Learn more about their research and the other benefits of school gardens by clicking here.
Growing Social Change in South Phoenix at Spaces of Opportunity
May 10, 2021
Nonprofits are teaming up at Spaces of Opportunity, transforming deserted land into a vibrant community hub. With 18-acres of growing space and a thriving farmer's market on site, this collaborative is paving the way for meaningful changes across South Phoenix. Click here to learn more.
School Gardening Leaders Highlight Strengths of Outdoor Education in Expert Media Panel
April 28, 2021
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation hosted the first media panel on the impact of school gardening programs, following its inaugural Growing School Gardens Coast-to-Coast Tour. Featuring school gardening leaders and subject matter experts, the panel unpacked the benefits of outdoor education, recognizing its therapeutic role as a space where children can socialize safely and navigate the complex emotions created by the pandemic. Panelists also discussed how learning gardens can strengthen nutritious eating habits, yielding substantial health improvements for students. Watch the full panel discussion here.
Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation Hosting First-Ever Coast-to-Coast School Gardens Tour
April 13, 2021
To celebrate school gardening programs across the country, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation will host the first-ever, virtual school gardens tour on April 27th. This 30-minute event will take viewers from Hawai’i to Washington, D.C., highlighting seven school gardens along the way. Featuring interactive lessons and reflections from students, this tour will showcase how school gardens help teach nutrition and environmental literacy, STEM education, and social-emotional wellness in a safe and welcoming space. Watch the full tour here.
Sprouts Supports Spaces of Opportunity to Help Fight Phoenix Food Desert
February 17, 2021
NBC12 shared how the 19-acre farm brings together community to provide fresh food to Phoenix families. Watch the broadcast.
Kansas City Community Gardens: Growing to New Heights
January 13, 2021
Across Kansas City, school and community gardens helped to fulfill nutrition needs of many residents in 2020. KCCG’s Development Director, Jennifer Fink, reflects on the ways her staff adapted operations to meet increased demand and the surprising impact the pandemic has had on garden utilization and output. Read more here.
Cooking with Kids Turns Up the Heat on Virtual Learning
December 20, 2020
For 25 years, Cooking with Kids has provided nutrition education and hands-on cooking lessons to students across northern New Mexico. Even during this unprecedented school year, their dedicated staff are creating invaluable opportunities to keep kids healthy, engaged, and learning from home. Learn about their programs.
Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation Targets Nutrition Education, Fresh Food Access Amid Pandemic
October 14, 2020
Every child deserves access to fresh, healthy food, every day. Learn more about how the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation is supporting nutrition education and fresh food access though their 2020 grant awards. Read the full story here.
18 Reasons Expands Virtual Cooking Lessons and Food Donations to Bay Area Families
October 12, 2020
This San Francisco-based nonprofit has continued to grow its program offerings and food donations to serve a greater number of families during the pandemic. By sharing a variety of nutrition and cooking resources online, anyone can take advantage of the great educational materials they have to offer. Read more about their program.
Three California Nonprofits Pivot in the Face of Adversity
October 1, 2020
Nonprofit organizations across the country continue adapting their programs to serve children and families during the pandemic. Here, we take a look at three of Sprouts' grant partners in California, helping to provide food and job training to deserving teens and families. Read more about their programs.
The Republic of Tea and Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation Launch Limited-Edition Tea to Benefit School Garden Programs Nationwide
September 23, 2020
Exclusive Red Apple Harvest herb tea available at all Sprouts stores. Read more.
Sprouts Foundation Expands Food Access Support in Greater Philadelphia Market
September 14, 2020
Through its partnership with Pennypack Farm and Education Center, the Foundation will broaden its support of garden-based education and fresh produce access in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Read the full story here.
Recipe for Success Foundation Brings Urban Farming into the Home
August 20, 2020
Houston-based Recipe for Success Foundation won't let the pandemic slow them down. By moving farm lessons and produce sales online, they're continuing to serve their community, just as they've done for the past 15 years. Learn more about their programs.
Picnic in the Park Brings Free Meals to Kids Across Santa Barbara
August 17, 2020
During the summer months, it can be tricky for kids to have reliable access to nutritious meals. Thankfully, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County runs a summer meal program, feeding healthy lunches to kids and teens. Learn more about this program.
Lending a helping hand with the Foundation
August 13, 2020
The work that our team members are doing supports a larger purpose of creating healthier communities and giving more families access to fresh and affordable food. Continue Reading...
Garden To Table Donates All of Their School Garden Produce to Local Food Banks
August 7, 2020
With schools closed and an increased demand for healthy food, this Boulder County nonprofit pulled together its resources - nearly 1,000 pounds of fresh produce - to help support families in need. Read more about what's growing in their gardens.
The Republic of Tea and Sprouts Unite to Raise Awareness and Funds for School Gardens
July 30, 2020
The Republic of Tea is teaming up with the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation this summer to raise funds for outdoor learning programs. Continue Reading...
With the Closing of Schools, the Orange County Rescue Mission Springs into Action
June 10, 2020
In the face of a global pandemic, the Orange County Rescue Mission was able to pivot and provide its residents with even more services than anticipated. Learn more about their programs.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Adapts Programming to Serve the Community
May 20, 2020
Moving programs online and offering Emergency Child Care for children of essential workers, the YMCA of Metro Dallas is taking quick action to help the community. Click here to read more.
Sprouts Foundation and DUG Reduce Food Insecurity with Nutritious Gardens in a Box
May 11, 2020
Sprouts Registered Dietitian Partner Suzanne Farrell talks with KDVR-FOX31 about building a nutritious garden and the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation's partnership with Denver Urban Gardens in effort to reduce food insecurity. See more from KDVR-FOX31.
#EducationIsOpen Campaign Raises $55k for Teachers and Students through Sprouts Foundation and Out Teach
May 8, 2020
Currently, 210 million hours of in-person instructional time are lost every day due to elementary school closures amid COVID-19. To prevent the gap from growing larger, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has partnered with outdoor experiential learning leader Out Teach for their #EducationIsOpen campaign. Learn more about how we're helping teachers and students nationwide.
Sprouts Foundation and #TeamSprouts Partner to Deliver Fresh Food and Supplies to the Navajo Nation
May 7, 2020
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation partnered with Helping Hands for the Navajo Nation to bring much-needed food and supplies to the residents of three remote communities in Arizona. Click to read more.
Neighborhood Grant Partner – C.H.O.I.C.E.S. – Moves Cooking Instruction Online
May 5, 2020
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation is proud to partner with C.H.O.I.C.E.S., a nonprofit based in Kennesaw, Ga. C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Read how this nonprofit is serving families across Atlanta.
First to the Table Brings Culinary Training to Young Adults with Autism
April 21, 2020
First Place AZ in Phoenix, Ariz. received a 2019 Neighborhood Grant of $5,000 to fund their First to the Table Chef-Led Learning project. Continue reading about the programs at First Place.
Oklahoma City Beautiful Pilots New Gardening Program at Two Elementary Schools
April 15, 2020
OKC Harvest began in 2012 by two volunteers who found strong support within the community to build gardens for Oklahoma City schools. Click here to read more about the OKC Harvest program
Blue Watermelon Project Brings Gardening and Culinary Lessons to Schools Across Phoenix
April 10, 2020
Blue Watermelon Project in Phoenix, Ariz. received a 2019 Neighborhood Grant of $10,000. Read more about their innovative Chef in the Garden program.
Garden School Foundation and Sprouts: Soil is Life!
April 5, 2020
Now more than ever, we’re thinking about the soothing and generative powers of the natural world, from Spring flowers to heaps of nutrient-rich compost. Continue reading about how Sprouts teamed up with Garden School Foundation to reduce cafeteria waste.
Orlando Health Foundation Starts Healthy Lifestyles Program in Orange County
March 18, 2020
Orlando Health Foundation is the recipient of a Healthy Communities Grant totaling $100,000 over two years. The grant will support its Healthy Lifestyles Program at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Continue reading to learn more about Orlando Health's nutrition programs.
Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation: A Year in Review 2019
December 31, 2019
In 2019, the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation achieved its biggest year of giving to date, donating $3 million to nonprofit organizations that bring fresh food access and nutrition education programs to youth. Learn more about how Sprouts gave back to the community in 2019.
Second Annual Day of Service Unites 650 Sprouts Team Members
November 22, 2019
The Second Annual Day of Service brought together 650 Sprouts team members, to volunteer in 38 community projects, coast to coast. Read more about what they accomplished.