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Learn More: Whole Kids Foundation

November 6, 2017 - by Emma Sullivan

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Whole Kids Foundation Creates Opportunities: Apply Now! 

Whole Foods' Whole Kids Foundation supports schools and inspires families to improve children's nutrition and wellness

Whole Kids Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 founded by Whole Foods Market. It supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. The organization works locally to make a difference in the community.

Organization Goals:

  • Help kids learn to love fresh, nutritious, whole foods
  • Increase access to and consumption of these foods in schools
  • Inspire families to prepare and share these foods at home
  • End the childhood obesity epidemic

Bellevue Grant Recipients: 

  • Sunset Elementary
  • Lake Hills
  • The Little School
  • Spiritwood Manor

Getting kids excited about fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other nutritious whole foods is something that we can get behind. Your school could stand to benefit from a Whole Kids Foundation grant too! 


Don't miss out on this opportunity - apply before it's too late. 

Kids at Sunset Elementary School Garden, Grant Recipients

Garden Grants

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden at either a:

  • K-12 school
  • 501 (c) (3) Non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school
  • 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization

Application Closed: November 15, 2017 at 5pm CST
Review Period: Winter 2017
Notification to All Applicants: March 1, 2018

Honey Bee Grant Program

In partnership with The Bee Cause Project, the Honey Bee Grant program allows for a K-12 school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. 

Grant Options: 

  1. Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program. 
  2. Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project
  3. Traditional Langstroth Hive: equipment grant of an outdoor hive with Starter Kit
  4. Top Bar hive: equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit

All equipment grants include a small monetary grant of $300 to cover the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project.

Full Application Closed: November 15, 2017 at 5pm CST
Notification of all Applicants: December 8, 2017
Delivery of Hive and Grant Packages: no later than the end of January 2018

School Salad Bars

A salad bar at school means kids have the choice of fresh vegetables and fruit for lunch 175 days each year. Kids with access to a salad bar in the school cafeteria not only put more fruits and veggies on their plates, they actually eat them! The CDC reports that kids with access to a salad bar consume three times more fruits and vegetables.

Through key partnerships, we developed the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools grant program, which has already raised $6 million and delivered thousands of salad bars, serving more than a million children. 

Salad bars are a viable component of a federally reimbursed school lunch. The cost for one freestanding, mobile salad bar grant is $2,625. This includes everything a school needs to get started: the bar, chill pads, pans and tongs. Each salad bar can serve a school for 10 years, which makes it incredibly cost effective!

Application window open year-round.


Additional Resources

Visit for additional resources like:

  • School garden resources and curriculum
  • Parent advocacy toolkit
  • Hands-on projects for kids

Whole Foods Market
888 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

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