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Our commitment to Fresh Food Access and Nutrition Education

Newman’s Own Foundation has provided more than $11.5 million since 2014 to support programs that increase access to fresh food and nutrition education in underserved communities. These programs provide a broad range of services from helping urban bodega owners sell healthier foods to building community gardens in Native American communities; from providing nutrition education at Hispanic healthy lifestyle events to engaging children at school in the process of growing, preparing, and eating their own food.
 
Newman’s Own Foundation has been funding food and nutrition programs for more than 30 years and has a long-standing commitment to help improve the well-being of children and families. In 2016, the Foundation gave grants totaling more than $1.5 million to the following organizations:
 
American Indian Cancer Foundation www.americanindiancancer.org
Broad Community Connections broadcommunityconnections.org
Center for Rural Affairs www.cfra.org
Common Ground -- New Haven Ecology Project commongroundct.org
Common Threads www.commonthreads.org
Community Foodworks www.community-foodworks.org
Dakota Rural Action www.dakotarural.org
Edible Schoolyard New Orleans firstlineschools.org
Edible Schoolyard New York www.edibleschoolyardnyc.org
Farm Fresh Rhode Island www.farmfreshri.org
Friends of Zenger Farm www.zengerfarm.org
Green Bronx Machine International greenbronxmachine.org
Green Village Initiative www.gogvi.org
Healthy Acadia healthyacadia.org
Healthy Schools Campaign healthyschoolscampaign.org
Hunger Free Vermont www.hungerfreevt.org
International Rescue Committee www.rescue.org
Jones Valley Urban Farm jvtf.org
LifeBridge Community Services www.lifebridgect.org
National Alliance for Hispanic Health www.hispanichealth.org
New Haven Farms www.newhavenfarms.org
Painted Desert Demonstration Projects www.starschool.org
Partnership with Native Americans www.nativepartnership.org
Pike Place Market Foundation pikeplacemarketfoundation.org
School Food Focus www.schoolfoodfocus.org
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture www.stonebarnscenter.org
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Inc. www.ccgb.org
The Daily Table dailytable.org
The Food Project thefoodproject.org
The Institute for Family Health www.institute.org
The New York Botanical Garden www.nybg.org
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation www.thundervalley.org
University of the South www.sewanee.edu
Zuni Yourth Enrichment Project  www.zyep.org


Nutrition Cohort

As part of its nutrition focus, the Foundation formed a Nutrition Cohort in 2014. The Cohort consists of a group of 6 nonprofits and one research university working together to help address the challenges around nutrition. Through meetings and collaboration, the Cohort shares best practices, coordinates efforts, and brainstorms ideas for improving nutrition. Together these organizations are working to create greater impact than any of them could do alone.
 
“The benefits of being included in this group have far exceeded any expectations.” This enthusiastic feedback came from Oran Hesterman, President and CEO of Fair Food Network, a Cohort member.
 
A total of $4.5 million has been allocated over 3 years, beginning in 2014, among the following organizations.
 
  • Fair Food Network (Ann Arbor, MI) is expanding its Double Up Food Bucks program to improve access to fresh foods at grocery stores and farmers markets, while supporting local farmers.
  • FoodCorps (New York, NY) is increasing the number of young leaders working with children to help them learn about, engage with, and gain access to healthy food.
  • National Farm to School Network (Chicago, IL) is expanding services to high need areas such as tribal communities, childcare centers, food banks, and military bases.
  • The Food Trust (Philadelphia, PA) is building internal capacity to operate new and continuing programs that increase access to healthy food in Philadelphia and surrounding communities.
  • Wellness in the Schools (New York, NY) is growing its Cook for Kids program in New York City and surrounding communities, working in classrooms and cafeterias to inspire healthy eating.
  • Wholesome Wave (Bridgeport, CT) is expanding its Double Value Coupon Program and Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program, while studying the impacts of these programs.
  • The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University (Boston, MA) is providing research assistance to lend expertise in nutrition and evaluate the Cohort’s impact.

 

Impact of the Cohort

“The leaders of these organizations have been able to gain one another’s trust and collaborate to achieve amazing things. They are implementing program expansions, new infrastructure, new fundraising strategies, and leadership goals that stemmed from their peer-to-peer learning. We expect the Cohort to continue networking and generating impact well beyond the end of our three-year initiative.”
                                                   -Kelly Giordano, Managing Director, Newman’s Own Foundation
 

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Our grants focus on four areas where we see the potential for transformational change.

 

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