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Our Community First Grant Program supports partnerships between Whole Foods Market Team Members and local nonprofits with programs focusing on long-term fresh, healthy food access and community health.

For 2021, we are thrilled to announce that we are awarding 59 Team Member-nominated, community-led organizations an average of $8,000 each to advance fresh food access through our annual Community First Grant. This $470,000 commitment is being invested in 43 cities spanning 21 states and Canada!

Since launching the grant program in 2016, Team Members have helped us award 283 grants in 120 cities, investing $1,731,000. More than 160 Team Members from 85 Whole Foods Market stores, 11 regional offices and our Global Support office have participated!

Each 2021 grant partner has been awarded an average of $8,000 to support their projects, which include:

  • 19 urban farms
  • 9 nutrition education and healthy cooking classes
  • 8 community gardens
  • 8 mobile markets
  • 6 agricultural skills development programs
  • 5 farmer’s markets, co-ops and grocery stores
  • 4 SNAP and WIC incentive programs

Throughout the duration of the grant year, Team Members grow the relationships with their partners through volunteer and other engagement opportunities. Read on to learn more about each Team Member and 2021 Community Partner.

 

Meet the 2021 Team Members and Community Partners:

 

Florida Region

Lauren O’Mara  | Orlando Metro | Orlando, FL

Community First Grant Partner: Hebni Nutrition Consultants

 

Global Support

Amy Bell | Business Development & Investment | Austin, TX

Community First Grant Partners: Multicultural Refugee Coalition | Sustainable Food Center

 

Lisa Edwards | Information Systems | Austin, TX

Community First Grant Partners: Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas | Farmshare Austin

 

Kimberly Damboise | Distribution and Logistics | Hillsborough, NH

Community First Grant Partner: Project Genesis

 

Mid-Atlantic Region

Carol Kingsmore | Marlton Store | Marlton, NJ

Community First Grant Partner: Virtua Health Foundation

 

Erin Marshall | Wynnewood Store | Wynnewood, PA

Community First Grant Partner: Beckett Life Center

 

Midwest Region

Gennaro Galtieri | Lexington Store | Lexington, KY

Community First Grant Partner: FoodChain

 

Catherine Kiely | Lexington Store | Lexington, KY

Community First Grant Partner: Seedleaf Inc.

 

Julie Wainwright | Midtown Detroit Store | Detroit, MI

Community First Grant Partner: Keep Growing Detroit

 

Edward Whittington | Galleria Store | St. Louis, MO

Community First Grant Partner: The Community Gardens of Hope Hill

 

North Atlantic Region

James Clancy | Fresh Pond Store | Cambridge, MA

Community First Grant Partner: Victory Programs

 

Kerrie D’Ercole | South Weymouth Store | South Weymouth, MA

Community First Grant Partner: Weymouth Food Pantry

 

Chuck Olivieri | South End (Ink Block) Store | Boston, MA

Community First Grant Partner: About Fresh

 

Kristyne Potter | Fresh Pond Store | Cambridge, MA

Community First Grant Partner: Waltham Fields Community Farms

 

Debby Tamborella | Hingham Store | Hingham, MA

Community First Grant Partner: Friends of Holly Hill Farm

 

Nichole Vilandre | Bedford Store | Bedford, MA

Community First Grant Partner: Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy

 

Jennifer Desrosiers | Portsmouth Store | Portsmouth, NH

Community First Grant Partner: Seacoast Eat Local

 

Northeast Region

Maryann Young | Third and 3rd Store | Brooklyn, NY

Community First Grant Partners: Bronx Community Farm Hubs | El Puente | FamilyCook Productions | Hester Street Collaborative | Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance FoundationLiving Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub | Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation | Queens County Farm Museum  | Red Hook Initiative | United Community Centers | We Stay/Nos Quedamos | Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice

 

Northern California Region

Jess Moreles | Los Gatos Store | Los Gatos, CA

Community First Grant Partner: Valley Verde

 

Julie Atkins | Marketing | Emeryville, CA

Community First Grant Partners: Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project | Fresh Approach

 

Beth Plevy Wyland | Operations | Emeryville, CA

Community First Grant Partner: Homeless Garden Project

 

Pacific Northwest Region

Leah Abell | Marketing | Seattle, WA

Community First Grant Partners: Common Threads Farm | Farmer Frog | Pike Place Market Foundation | Tilth Alliance | Viva Farms

 

Nicole Meinzer & Kate Conway | Bellingham Lakeway Store | Bellingham, WA

Community First Grant Partner: The Outback Farm

 

Meredith Facey | Cambie Store | Vancouver, BC

Community First Grant Partner: Cultivate Canada

 

Shawn Gross | Marketing | Seattle, WA

Community First Grant Partner: High Desert Food and Farm Alliance

 

Alayna Williamson | Westlake Center Store | Seattle, WA

Community First Grant Partner: Plant Based Food Share

 

Rocky Mountain Region

Joshua Coyle | Culinary Hospitality | Denver, CO

Community First Grant Partner: The GrowHaus

 

Sarah Palki | Marketing | Denver, CO

Community First Grant Partner: Metro Caring

 

South Region

Lexi Adams | Poplar Avenue Store | Memphis, TN

Community First Grant Partner: Landmark Training Development Company

 

Erwin Davenport | Cary Store | Cary, NC

Community First Grant Partner: Ship Outreach and Community Center

 

Katie Laflin | Sharon Road Store | Charlotte, NC

Community First Grant Partner: Carolina Farm Trust

 

Mitchell Mayfield | Cross Hill Road Store | Columbia, SC

Community First Grant Partner: FoodShare South Carolina

 

Deric Sallas | Montgomery Store | Montgomery, AL

Community First Grant Partner: E.A.T. South

 

Southern Pacific Region

Michaela Rhine | Scottsdale Store | Scottsdale, AZ

Community First Grant Partner: International Rescue Committee Inc.

 

Glenn Vilar | Long Beach Store | Long Beach, CA

Community First Grant Partner: Sowing Seeds of Change

 

Southwest Region

Freddie Cavazos | Lakewood Store | Dallas, TX

Community First Grant Partners: Restorative Farms4DWN Project

 

Mae Cranford | Midtown Houston Store | Houston, TX

Community First Grant Partner: Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation

 

Charlotte Hall | Bowman Store | Little Rock, AR

Community First Grant Partner: Well Fed Community Development Corporation

 

Tobias Markey | Oklahoma City Store | Oklahoma City, OK

Community First Grant Partner: Restore OKC

 

Roberto Somavilla | Park Lane Store | Dallas, TX

Community First Grant Partner: Bonton Farms

 


 

 

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