At the heart of our Community First Grant Program are the relationships between community partners with programs focusing on long-term fresh, healthy food access and community health and Whole Foods Market Team Members. Since launching the Community First Grant Program in 2016, Whole Cities Foundation has awarded 342 grants to 198 organizations in 128 cities, investing over $2,203,000. Nearly 200 Team Members from 100 Whole Foods Market stores, 11 regional offices, and Global Support have participated!


Community First Grants: Team Member Engagement in Action

Now, as the 2022 Community First Grants are being announced, we’re taking a closer look at one participating Team Member who is driven by a respect for the powerful work that already exists in his community and getting his hands dirty amplifying these efforts.  

Brent Kirk is a store receiver at the Short Pump Whole Foods Market store in Glen Allen, Virginia. Both in and out of the store, he is committed to making fresh and healthy food accessible to his community. And, he’s inspiring others to join him. This is his story.


Viva Farms and the Importance of Being Open and Honest

As we work to improve community health through collaborative partnerships, Whole Cities Foundation strives to Be honest and open in our thoughts and words (one of our seven Community First Principles). We don’t have to look any further than our own community partner Viva Farms in Northwest Washington to find this value in action on a daily basis. Read more.

Dr. Akua’s Favorite Food Trends for 2023

Our Nutrition Program Director, Dr. Akua Woolbright, attended this year’s Whole Foods Market Top 10 Food Trends for 2023 announcement event to report on the nutritional benefits of many of the trends. Now, we’re excited to share Dr. Akua’s favorite predictions, which include yaupon-inspired beverages, nut pulps and innovative updates to plant-powered pasta, and a few reasons why you should try the trends!


Healthy Food for All Podcast

Dr. Akua Woolbright, Ph.D., is an authoritative expert on nutrition with a passion for helping individuals and communities create healthier lives. In this episode, learn how her extensive work in underserved communities has empowered people of all ages to overcome harmful eating habits and to prevent and reverse disease through plant-based diets.


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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