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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
Broad Community Connections
Center for Rural Affairs
Common Ground -- New Haven Ecology Project
Common Threads
Community Foodworks
Dakota Rural Action
Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Edible Schoolyard New York
Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Friends of Zenger Farm
Green Bronx Machine International
Green Village Initiative
Healthy Acadia
Healthy Schools Campaign
Hunger Free Vermont
International Rescue Committee
Jones Valley Urban Farm
LifeBridge Community Services
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
New Haven Farms
Painted Desert Demonstration Projects
Partnership with Native Americans
Pike Place Market Foundation
School Food Focus
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, Inc.
The Daily Table
The Food Project
The Institute for Family Health
The New York Botanical Garden
Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
University of the South
Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

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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