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April 2, 2014
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Whole Kids Foundation wants to see how your family celebrates our wonderful planet. Enter their Earth Month photo contest on Facebook.
February 19, 2014
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Some of my very favorite things in the world start with the letter “B”. There’s berries, beaches, beets, bikes, bees, barns, breeze, books…and BRUNCH! Whole Kids Foundation is giving some love to the letter B with this month’s kids’ activities.
February 3, 2014
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Judith W. Umlas is Sr. Vice President and Trainer at International Institute for Learning (IIL) and author of these great books. Judith’s passion, mission and purpose are to make a difference at work, in families and communities using these powerful tools.

January 29, 2014
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Dan Marek is the School Programs Educator for Whole Kids Foundation. Prior to joining their team he was a Whole Foods Market healthy eating specialist where he educated his community about healthy food.

Getting ready for Sunday’s big football game can be tricky if you are trying to keep things healthy. Greasy snacks can weigh you down and make you sluggish by half time. But we have some solutions that will keep your energy going until the trophy is handed to the winner.

January 4, 2014
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Whole, slivers, sections, pulp, no pulp… no matter how you cut it, oranges are fabulous. Their skin smells great and even sprays cool oils when you squish it – so neat! Bright orangey delights are around every corner at Whole Foods Market right now, because darlin’ clementine… it’s citrus season, and Whole Kids Foundation is joining in the fun!
December 22, 2013
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Get the kids involved in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these delicious, unprocessed holiday cookies.
November 22, 2013
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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.
October 30, 2013
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Whole Kids FoundationDan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music.

October 20, 2013
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Chard Cooking School with Alice FongAt Whole Foods Market, we get a lot of questions about organics. And not surprisingly, a good majority of those questions come from parents with young kids.

October 11, 2013
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Adding greens and veggies to our own diets can be a challenge – introducing them to our kids can drive us mad! Some kiddos might cringe at the sight of carrots or kale initially, but introducing tasty meals that are healthy and engaging them in conversations around where vegetables come from can plant the seed for a lifelong salad-lover.

September 27, 2013
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Britney Fitzgerald is the web editor for KIWI magazine. Growing up, her favorite school lunch was a veggie burrito.

Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

September 2, 2013
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With the kids going back to school it’s a great time to refresh, restock and restart good eating habits. At Whole Foods Market® we’re excited to partner with many innovative small-scale food companies that are working hard to improve the contents of the American lunch box.

August 30, 2013
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Special alert! On Friday, September 6th you have the chance to support salad with salad. Simply eat at your local Whole Foods Market® salad bar, and 5% of your salad bar purchase will be donated to Whole Kids Foundation’s™ Salad Bar Grant Program. You can feel even better than usual about piling your plate high with greens, beans and other veggies because you're doing it for the kids. Bonus: take a friend and double your support!

August 12, 2013
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Joy Errico Seusing is the Senior Vice President of External Relations for Jumpstart, a national early education organization.

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July 13, 2013
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Sometimes the very best family vacation is right in your own city! Instead of spending a mint on airfare or driving for hours, spend a little time brainstorming with your family and plan a load of fun right where you are. These ideas can be strung together for a fun-filled week or used for family time anytime on holidays or weekends.

July 10, 2013
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Kids in the GardenThere are plenty of things to love about having your own backyard or patio garden: fresh produce within an arm’s reach, the satisfaction of growing your own food, maybe even a few bragging rights on your block.

June 16, 2013
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BeesAs a growing number of schools embrace gardening, honey bees are generating the latest educational buzz.

The humble honey bee plays a huge role in our food supply. Experts estimate that one in every three bites of food you eat depends on pollination, either directly or indirectly.

June 7, 2013
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Spending quality time with your kiddos is easy when you follow these tips from DIY expert Mark Frauenfelder.
April 30, 2013
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Besides being an ever-changing source of growth and learning, the beautiful thing about gardening is there’s no right or wrong, only lessons to guide what you’ll do next!
April 11, 2013
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Looking for more? See our earlier post on two easy ways to make every day Earth Day with your kids.

Get Scrappy with Your Recycle Bin

April 2, 2013
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Spring has arrived, and it’s time to get your kids back out there communing with nature! With each generation, our children are becoming better stewards of this planet. Whole Kids Foundation has tons of kids’ activities that are both fun and Earth-friendly. Here’s a couple to get you started.

March 23, 2013
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scrapkinsWith the season’s egg dyeing and deviled-egg eating, chances are you’re starting to collect a few extra egg cartons around the house. Don’t throw them away!

March 15, 2013
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Throw a salad bar party for a fresh, healthy and tasty meal that’ll please folks of all ages. We’ll show you how in four easy steps!
February 27, 2013
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I know the original saying is “an apple a day” but we’ve learned so much about how easy it is to nourish our bodies with leafy greens and a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies.

January 23, 2013
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Urban GardenWhen I see the words urban gardening, I think sustainable, food security and local. Urban gardening is the important, and increasingly more necessary, practice of growing, harvesting, and distributing food within city communities.

December 8, 2012
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Most teachers have already amassed a sizeable collection of holiday coffee mugs.

November 12, 2012
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airportPicture the perfect holiday, surrounded by your most cherished family members in cozy homes filled with joy, celebration and good tidings as adults laugh, children play and treasured memories are created.

October 7, 2012
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Anupama Joshi is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the National Farm to School Network, who loves to cook, especially with her 9-year old son. She’s also a friend of Whole Kids Foundation and we’re happy to support her efforts.

October 1, 2012
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OwenLast fall, as we launched our School Garden Grant program, we had a little idea: Let’s celebrate the way kids connect to the roots of their food by inviting everyone to post pictures of their kids in the garden

September 9, 2012
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Marygrace Taylor is an Associate Editor for KIWI magazine. Growing up, her favorite school lunch was mac and cheese.   

August 11, 2012
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As the students from King Middle School in Berkeley, California enjoyed their summer vacation, I took a cross-country flight to spend three magical days playing (and learning) in their garden and kitchen.

August 2, 2012
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We can’t believe it’s already been a year since starting Whole Kids Foundation™! But we’ve received lots of heart-warming, awe-inspiring letters, photos and drawings from schools and children celebrating their school salad bars and gardens, so that proves it.

June 17, 2012
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Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds shares how bees get his seeds off to a great start; and he’s giving away a “pollinator’s collection” of seeds to 10 lucky readers.
April 7, 2012
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Think kids aren’t into eating stuff that’s good for them? Think again!

February 19, 2012
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Raychel Santo is a sophomore double-major in Public Health Studies and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Originally from Dayton, Ohio, her passion for everything “green” began with her discovery of the sustainable food movement in her last few years of high school.

Last fall Raychel participated in the Teens Turning Green Project Green Challenge and was selected as one of the 12 finalists to attend Green University. Here she shares the story of her experience.

January 11, 2012
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When was the last time you ate a school lunch?

November 13, 2011
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One of the most wonderful traditions within Whole Foods Market is that each of our teams are encouraged by our leaders to hold an annual team building event. More often than not, teams choose to include a community service component. Our company leaders are no exception; they truly practice what they preach!
November 6, 2011
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View a YumSugar slideshow of Thanksgiving recipes and cast your vote for your favorite for a chance to win a $1000 Whole Foods Market gift card.
October 24, 2011
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Since joining Whole Foods Market in 2001, Nona Evans has held various positions including Private Label Brand Development and Sr. Global Marketing Coordinator. Following her passion for children's education and health, Evans joined Whole Kids Foundation as Executive Director in May 2011.

October 12, 2011
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I recently had the good fortune to meet a man named Mud. It was during a trip to Southern California to speak at the Santa Monica Good Food Festival about the importance of quality school food. Mud has a mantra that I am blatantly adopting: Kids who grow good food, eat good food.
September 4, 2011
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Complete the KIND Mission on Tuesday, September 6th and your one small act of kindness will make a BIG difference to Whole Kids Foundation.
September 3, 2011
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Help us fund school gardens. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Donate now!
August 27, 2011
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Want to make an impact on what your kids are eating in their school lunchroom? Get inspiration from a school district in Texas!
August 24, 2011
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Looking for a kid-friendly DIY gardening project? Turn your recyclables into a windowsill container garden in just a few steps!
August 20, 2011
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Mushrooms grow in recycled coffee grounds in just 10 days! Learn how you can help Back to the Roots donate mushroom growing kits and sustainability curriculum to an elementary classroom of your choice.
August 16, 2011
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Could your school use a $2K to help plant or expand a school garden? Apply for a Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant today!
August 7, 2011
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Our recently launched Whole Kids Foundation has partnered with FoodCorps to help implement a School Garden Grant Program.
July 26, 2011
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Whole Kids Foundation aims to help children reach optimal health through the strength of a healthy body fueled by nutritious food choices.
June 23, 2011
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Even though summer has just started for the kids in the Washington, DC Public School system, one school is already thinking about fall!
September 5, 2010
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With the school year starting, it's a good time for a quick review of how we can help our kids eat better. This isn't groundbreaking stuff, but when we are setting school year patterns in September, it's helpful to make sure our good intentions are top of mind.

Preschool to Preteen

August 27, 2010
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To help power an afternoon of learning and growing, experts say a nutritious lunch should include lots of fiber and whole grains, some protein and healthy fat, a veggie and just a bit of natural sugar, like a piece of fresh fruit.
August 12, 2010
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Put Salad Bars in Schools!

If highly processed chicken nuggets and artificially flavored popsicles aren't your idea of a healthy lunch, get involved and help make school lunches healthier. Let’s give kids in your area a fresh start!
August 9, 2010
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Now, I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things to do with delicious whole grain and sprouted grain breads is create an amazing sandwich!
January 7, 2010
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Chef Ann Cooper, aka "The Renegade Lunch Lady," is the author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children. Picture 2
August 30, 2009
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Packing a delicious, healthy lunch is easier than you might think! Check out Chef Ann's favorite lunch box choices for healthy kids and a healthy planet. For more great recipes ideas from Chef Ann Cooper and Whole Foods Market, check out our Back to School recipes!
August 16, 2009
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Learn how you can influence your district's wellness policy, and get hands-on to enhance your school's nutrition curriculum. For more information on how to get involved, check out Support Your School.
August 9, 2009
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Join the movement and help empower schools to replace processed foods with fresher choices. Together we can feed our kids a healthier future! Want more information on how to join the School Lunch Revolution? Click here!
August 2, 2009
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Chef Ann Cooper reveals her top tips for steering your shopping basket toward healthy choices in the aisles. For a list of 10 Essential Lunch Lessons that Ann discusses in this video and more information on how to make healthier choices, please check out the School Lunch Revolution.