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Our Gratitude Grows with Every Gift

By Carly Price, November 22, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Carly Price

Whole Kids Foundation Team

 

At Whole Kids Foundation™, every day brings reasons to be thankful: the victorious smile on a child’s face after tasting that first homegrown carrot, a lunchroom full of kids celebrating their new salad bar, a team of high school students who built a greenhouse from the ground up.

Every sweet success for these growing kids is made possible by donations.

We are deeply grateful for millions of small gifts from a wide network of donors, including many local and family-owned businesses that partner with us and two million individuals who raised $2.5 million during our last fall campaign.

Our work is largely powered by local and regional companies that supply to Whole Foods Market. They give their time, talent, expertise, products and, in many cases, a portion of their sales. Among our most dedicated supplier partners are:

These partners support our work because it aligns with their own commitment to conscious capitalism.

"Our seeds are our currency for making change in the world, and we've donated at least 40,000 seed packets to Whole Kids Foundation,” says Katie Lavin, wholesale sales manager for High Mowing Organic Seeds. "We support what they do to help families and children eat better – and also to build community and improve quality of life. Gardening is connected with all of that."

When we say it takes a village to improve kids’ nutrition, that means supporting schools, educators, families, communities—and also supporting businesses that share our mission. We all must work together.

"One of the most essential things that needs to be done right now is to connect kids to where food actually comes from,” says Matt Parris, founder & CEO of Roots, which donates a portion of product sales. “Whole Kids Foundation is creating a national network for accomplishing this, and we’re proud to be a part of it."

We, the Whole Kids Foundation team, are deeply thankful for and proud of each of our supplier partners for doing their part to make this world better for the next generation of gardeners, farmers and entrepreneurs.