Whole Cities Foundation is on a mission to improve individual and community health through collaborative partnerships, nutrition education, and broader access to nutritious food. Through a community-led process, Whole Cities offers grants to nonprofits with food access projects like urban farms, mobile markets, and community gardens which provide fresh, affordable produce close to home. We champion projects that nurture people’s power to grow food and expand the range of fresh produce available in their neighborhoods.
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Landmark Training Development Company: Striving for Self-Sufficiency through Agriculture

Eat well to live well. Mike and Karen Minnis, the founders of Landmark Training Development Company, work hard to bring this — their guiding principle — to fruition in Memphis, Tenn.

Landmark Training was established in 2008 in the Orange Mound neighborhood, an area which faces many barriers to fresh, healthy food access. In response, the community-led nonprofit takes a multi-pronged approach to both community health and advancing fresh, healthy food access because they understand the two go hand-in-hand. It is this combination of creating pathways to access and education that has been critical to Landmark Training’s work.

Take a virtual trip to the farm with Mike and Karen Minnis, get a glimpse of Landmark Training’s values in action, and then read on to learn more.

Staying True to Whole Foods Market’s Core Values Through Community First Grants

The Community First Grant program supports Whole Foods Market Team Members engaged with nonprofits with programs focusing on long-term fresh, healthy food access creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system. Through the grant, Team Members are bringing to life Whole Foods Market’s Core Values as they work to make fresh and healthy food accessible to all in their community.

Thanks to Team Member nominations, Whole Cities Foundation has awarded 226 Community First Grant in more than 100 cities investing $1,260,000 since launching the program in 2016. Take a closer look at one dedicated Whole Foods Market store, Brooklyn’s Third and 3rd, that has secured 15 Community First Grants in five years.

Healthy Food for All Podcast

Hear from Whole Cities Foundation community partners, Footprint Farms and Newark Science and Sustainability, to learn about healthy food access and find out what happens when everyone has a seat at the fresh, healthy food table.

Discover Recipes

Scroll through some of our favorite plant-based recipes inspired by seasonal veggies.
Antioxidant Salad

Serve your favorite healthy salad dressing on the side of this giant salad featuring colorful veggies with hearty beans and seeds.

Eggplant-Garbanzo Bean Dip

Combine the flavors of two popular Middle Eastern dips (baba ghanouj and hummus) in this tasty puree. Serve with raw veggies or spread on whole grain crackers.

Cashew and Veggie Collard Rolls

These rolls use collard leaves as sturdy wrappers for rich cashew spread, brown rice, and raw veggies.

Lemon-Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is an easy-to-make side dish, and this recipe adds a bright, lemon flavor.

Veggie Omelet Muffins

These omelet muffins are packed with veggies, making them a handy, healthy choice for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. This recipe is a good way to use up small amounts of vegetables you may have on hand.

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