For many shoppers nationwide, Sprouts Farmers Market goes beyond a grocery store, becoming a staple destination for the community. Further transcending the role of the traditional retail name, Sprouts recently announced that its Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has presented $3 million in grants to support local food systems.
“Sprouts is committed to strengthening local food systems by providing our communities with access to fresh, nutritious food and empowering children with the knowledge and resources to live a healthier life,” said Sprouts Chief Executive Officer Jack Sinclair. “Our Foundation’s work with local partners in this effort is just one of the many ways Sprouts is growing goodness in our communities.”
The recent investment will go toward improving school garden learning, nutrition education, and expanding equitable access to food, according to a press release. The Foundation has granted $15 million to over 300 nonprofit partners since its inception in 2015, bringing hands-on, garden-based learning to 1.5 million children and offering nutrition education programs to an estimated 900,000 K-12 students. Sprouts Farmers Market covers all of the Foundation’s operational expenses to ensure every dollar raised goes directly to programming.
This year, 115 nonprofit organizations received grants from Sprouts, nearly a quarter of which are first-time grant recipients. Of the $3 million granted, $2.2 million will go toward capacity and infrastructure development for school garden support organizations and strengthening community-based food systems. Fifteen of the nonprofit organizations will provide apprenticeship programs to industrious teens through hands-on agriculture and business career experience, 70 run gardening programs in schools or in the community, and 42 provide family programming to bring children and their parents together to learn about nutrition and gardening.
“Our partner organizations are led by incredible changemakers working at the neighborhood level to build healthy, vibrant communities, and to make healthy habits rewarding and enjoyable for children and families,” said Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation Executive Director Lyndsey Waugh. “With this in mind, we value the importance of working with our partners for the long haul, and have invested in organizational capacity, program infrastructure, and multi-year funding to empower these leaders to be as effective in their work as possible.”
A list of the 2021 grant recipients can be found here.
Cheers to Sprouts Farmers Market as they not only provide healthy, nutritious food to its consumers, but gives back to the communities it serves.