Communities We Serve

Whole Cities believes that home-grown solutions are the best way to improve fresh food access.

Our grants support resident-led food access projects such as community gardens, urban farms, and mobile markets that are transforming the food landscape in the following communities:

Community First Grant Program

The Community First Grant Program is an initiative designed to support Whole Foods Market (WFM) Team Members (TM) in the U.S. and Canada who are engaged with community partners increasing access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education in neighborhoods with few options.

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Detroit, MI

Where the Whole Cities vision sprouted. The vision, heart and ethic of Whole Cities Foundation were born in the great city of Detroit in 2011 and 2012.

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Englewood, Chicago, IL

Chicago residents lead the way to community health. Each summer since 2016, Englewood nonprofits with food access projects have applied for a grant of up to $8,000. In an innovative community voting process, the people of Englewood determine which groups are awarded.

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Jackson, MS

Expanding fresh food access in the heart of Mississippi. Through a network of ten churches, people can buy a subscription for a weekly fresh farm box of fruits and vegetables.

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Newark, NJ

Growing thriving local food systems in the Gateway City. Whole Cities Foundation partners with community-led, non-profit organizations that grow the local food system and increase access to fresh, healthy food in Newark, NJ.

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New Orleans, LA

Health visionaries collaborate in the Crescent City. Whole Cities supports the ReFresh Community Health Outreach program and Backyard Gardeners Network.

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About Our Grants

We are honored to work with nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada that are expanding access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition education. Learn about what we look for in community partners, how to apply for a grant, and more.

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