The UNFI Foundation is seeking applications for inspiring better food systems & nurturing everyday health in the communities.
- Increasing the supply of organic food
- Supporting organic farmers who work hard every day to grow healthier food options. More organic food means healthier soil, cleaner air, and more tasty, nutritious food for families.
- For example: efforts to increase the number of certified organic farms through cost share, outreach and training.
- Improving access to fresh, healthy food
- They see food as medicine. Underserved communities and those facing serious illness or diet-related disease need it most.
- For example: mobile markets and meal delivery to at-risk community members
- Providing hunger relief for vulnerable populations
- Doing part to alleviate hunger in their communities, always through the lens of healthy, nutritious food.
- For example: farm-to-food bank initiatives and community garden programs.
- Advancing childhood nutrition education
- Creating space and opportunity for kids to adopt healthy eating practices when it matters most. Meaningful, hands-on food learning in the classroom, cafeteria and in the garden.
- For example: school gardens, backpack programs and nutrition education efforts.
What UNFI does not fund:
- Direct grants to individuals
- “Pass-through” organizations
- International organizations or projects
- Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts
- Building or capital campaigns
- Private foundations
- Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes
- Governmental agencies
- Sponsorships, advertising, or fundraising
The UNFI Foundation accepts applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that have a clear and substantive fit with one or more of focus areas.