UNFI Foundation Announces Over $1 Million Grant to Further Mission to Inspire Better Food Systems and Promote Food Equity in Communities Nationwide | national company

PROVIDENCE, RI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 25, 2022–

United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) (“UNFI”), today announced that the UNFI Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to improve food systems in more than 40 communities across the United States. United and Canada. Access to food is a key pillar of UNFI’s Better for All initiative, and for the third year in a row, the UNFI Foundation has committed more than $1 million to nonprofit organizations to help create equitable access to food in vulnerable communities.

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A Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) employee harvests produce grown at the organization’s farm located in Providence, RI On Wednesday, August 25, SCLT received the first-ever Food Equity Project Grant from UNFI for 100 $000 to accelerate SCLT’s efforts to create equitable access to healthy food. (Photo: BusinessWire)

UNFI Foundation grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that align with the Foundation’s three main focus areas: increasing the supply of organic food, improving access to healthy food for people vulnerable and advance the nutritional education of children. After a competitive application process, organizations’ applications are reviewed by regional teams of UNFI associates who present the impressive set of organizations to be recognized.

“At UNFI, we know that our work is not done once a product leaves our distribution center. That’s why we’re thrilled to support this year’s grantees, who are pursuing a wide range of innovative and impactful ideas to support food equity and access in their local communities in more than 20 U.S. states and Canada.” , said Alisha Real, Executive Director of the UNFI Foundation. “We know that access to food is one of the areas where UNFI can make the biggest change and we are proud to support organizations that share our goal of providing affordable, nutritious food for everyone. »

Food Equity Project Grant

The $1 million grant demonstrates UNFI’s long-term commitment to improving access to food. Earlier this year, the UNFI Foundation created the Food Equity Project Grant which awards $100,000 to accelerate the efforts of a Rhode Island-based organization focused on creating equitable access to healthy food. Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) was selected as the Food Equity Project Grant recipient for the organization’s advanced work to increase access to food in Providence and surrounding communities. In addition to financial support, UNFI will provide SCLT with advice and expertise, assisting in areas such as logistics and operations to effectively pursue SCLT’s mission of providing access to land, education and other resources. This empowers Rhode Islanders to grow food in an environmentally sustainable way and create community food systems where healthy, affordable, locally produced food is available to everyone.

Aligning with the core pillars of the UNFI Foundation, SCLT serves residents of economically disadvantaged urban neighborhoods where access to fresh produce is scarce. Working hand-in-hand with community members, SCLT works to increase access to fresh food by promoting diet and exercise education, building community gardens or farms, and providing low-cost agricultural resources and support for gardeners. SCLT also operates three production farms in Providence, RI that practice and demonstrate small-scale bio-intensive agricultural production.

“When people own their own farms, distribution systems, and retail spaces, they ensure their communities are fed. This UNFI Foundation grant promotes local ownership of the food system in Rhode Island communities where fresh, healthy and affordable food is hard to come by. The insight and thoughtfulness of UNFI’s approach – to supporting existing organizations and individuals – is an example for all of us,” said Margaret DeVos, Director Executive of Southside Community Land Trust.

“As a Providence-based organization, we have seen firsthand the tremendous impact Southside Community Land Trust has had in Rhode Island,” Real said. “Access to healthy food should be a basic human right and UNFI is proud to support SCLT’s work to build an equitable and sustainable food system in Rhode Island.”

2022 UNFI Foundation Grant Recipients

In 2021 alone, nonprofit organizations supported by the UNFI Foundation created more than 6,000 acres of organic farmland and encouraged 2,000 new organic farmers, delivered $7 million worth of fresh food to members of the at-risk community, created 31 school gardens and taught more than 200,000 children in 767 schools about healthy eating.

Below is a full list of the 44 nonprofits the UNFI Foundation awarded grants to this year:

  • 18 Reasons, San Francisco, California
  • Rhode Island African Alliance, Providence, RI
  • Agriculture and Land Training Association, Salinas, CA
  • All United Relations, Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Berkeley Food Network, Berkeley, CA
  • CCOF Foundation, Santa Cruz, California
  • Chef Ann Foundation, Boulder, CO
  • Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley Inc., Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Cooking with kids, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Cornucopia Project, Peterborough, NH
  • Daily Table, Dorchester, MA
  • Denver Urban Gardens, Denver, CO
  • Druid City Garden Project, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Park City Eats, Park City, UT
  • Federation of Neighborhood Centers Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Food Project Inc., Lincoln, MA
  • Foodcorps Inc., Portland, OR
  • Foodshare Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Foodwhat Incorporated, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Forage, Gainesville, FL
  • Guidestone, Salida, CO
  • Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Hawthorne Valley Association Inc., Ghent, NY
  • Hope & Main, Warren, RI
  • Kansas City Community Gardens Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
  • La Cocina VA, Arlington, VA
  • Leaf Project Inc., Landisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Unity, ME
  • Move for Hunger, Neptune, NJ
  • Open Arms of Minnesota Inc., Minneapolis, MN
  • Philabundance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pilot Light, Chicago, IL
  • Angel Heart Project, Denver, CO
  • Recipe for Success Foundation, Houston, TX
  • Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, Sacramento, California
  • Second Chance Foods, Carmel, NY
  • Second Harvest Heartland, Brooklyn Park, MN
  • SLP Seeds, St. Louis Park, Mo.
  • Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project, Sacramento, CA
  • Southside Community Land Trust, Providence, RI
  • Sustainable Food Center Inc., Austin, TX
  • Trellis for Tomorrow, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • Willistown Conservation Trust, Williston, Pennsylvania
  • York Fresh Food Farms, York, Pennsylvania

Applications for UNFI Foundation grants will open in March 2023. To learn more, visit https://www.unfifoundation.org/.

About UNFI

UNFI is North America’s leading food wholesaler, offering the widest variety of products to customers across North America, including natural food supermarkets, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, e-commerce retailers and food service customers. By offering this more comprehensive selection of “whole stores” and engaging brands for every aisle, UNFI is uniquely positioned to bring great food, more choice and fresh thinking to customers around the world. Today, UNFI is the largest publicly traded grocery distributor in America. To learn more about how UNFI is powering the future of food, visit www.unfi.com.

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