Raising the (salad) bar and rooting for school gardens
Whole Kids Foundation turns 1—‘lettuce’celebrate one year, more than 1,000 schools and 1 million kids sowing healthy change
AUSTIN, Texas (July 31, 2012) – Whole Kids Foundation is skipping the cake and heading straight for the greens as it celebrates its first year of supporting schools throughout the United States and Canada. To date, the Foundation has funded 886 school garden grants in partnership with FoodCorps and 1,414 salad bars through Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, giving more than 1 million kids access to healthy food choices.
Through the support of Whole Foods Market® shoppers and partners over the past year, the Foundation has raised more than $2 million to fund its programs, which aim to help children reach optimal health, strength and nutrition through smart food choices.
To help families spark conversations around food and create healthier habits, the Foundation now offers free, interactive programs and tools, including:
- Awesome Eats™: Launched in April, this free mobile app* has been played by more than 800,000 people in over 200 countries. Stacking and sorting fruits, vegetables and whole grains across different scenarios to win stars and score points, kids have fun trying to master 32 levels while learning healthy tips as they play.
- ScrapKins: Monthly eco-art projects with recycled household items offer an interactive, creative way for parents and kids to learn about gardening, recycling, and other health and wellness topics. Simply download, pull up a chair and get crafty with your kids!
- Better Bites: A monthly online nutrition feature resource that highlights one simple, healthy change to pack more nutrients in every bite, like choosing whole grains and beans. The Foundation will continue to develop educational materials for parents and fun games for kids, as well as recipes and cooking tips.
“The support Whole Kids Foundation has received in our first year, and the response we have seen from parents and schools in need of support, has been tremendous,” said Nona Evans, Whole Kids Foundation executive director. “We truly believe kids will make good food choices if offered options, and we’ve seen it firsthand in lunchrooms across the country. The power of curiosity creates some very adventurous eaters. It’s inspiring!”
To begin year two, Whole Kids Foundation hopes to raise $2 million to support its school programs — including school gardens, salad bars and an expansion of efforts to educate teachers about healthy eating — through its annual online and in-store fundraiser in September.
The Whole Kids Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation, is based in Austin, Texas, and operates as an independent, nonprofit organization. By empowering schools and inspiring families, the Foundation aims to help children reach optimal health through the strength of a healthy body fueled by nutritious food. For more information visit wholekidsfoundation.org.
* The new game is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), and iPad, and requires iOS 3.1 or later.
President and Executive Director, Whole Kids Foundation
Nona has a longstanding passion for improving the experience of children’s education, which she has married with the importance of nutrition and access to healthy food choices through Whole Kids Foundation, the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market.