Simply Organic is committed to helping nourish the millions of food insecure in the United States and Canada through the Simply Organic Giving Fund, and supporting organic agricultural development and grower communities as part of Frontier Co-op.
The Simply Organic Giving Fund Grant Program
In 2018, we committed to focusing the Simply Organic Giving Fund Grant Program on addressing an issue that’s especially persistent and critical, but that is often overlooked or misunderstood: food insecurity. We’re working to help organizations across the United States and Canada to nourish the millions of food insecure in our communities by supporting organizations that provide access to healthy, organic food options.
Our grant recipients for this year are: Emergency Food Network, Feed Iowa First, Matthew 25, Project Worthmore and MEANS Database.
Learn more about each of these organizations and past grant recipients below, and listen to Tony Bedard, Frontier Co-op CEO, discuss the impact of our Simply Organic Giving Fund Grant program with Food Navigator.
2022 Giving Fund Grant Recipients
Dion’s Chicago Dream brings fresh, healthy produce to residents of Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood — a food desert where more than 13,500 individuals lack consistent access to adequate, nutritious food.Learn More
Emergency Food Network’s Mother Earth Farm harvests and distributes more than 100,000 lbs. of organic produce to local food pantries every year. More than 100 types of fruits and vegetables are grown to help pantry guests from a variety of backgrounds access fresh, organic food that’s delicious — and culturally significant.Learn More
HASER works to combat growing food insecurity in Puerto Rico following natural disasters and a socioeconomic crisis that left the island dependent on imported food. Through its network of local farmers, HASER has provided more than 28,000 lbs. of organic, locally grown produce to families in need.Learn More
Matthew 25’s Groundswell Café is a “pay-it-forward” eatery providing eastern Iowans with access to handmade organic meals — regardless of their ability to pay.Learn More
Project Worthmore’s Delaney Community Farm supports refugees and immigrants through community-based food security programs. Dedicated farm shares provide organic produce, distributed three times a week to over 150 refugee households.Learn More
Working Theory Farm is a nonprofit organic farm in Hillsboro, Oregon committed to serving low-income Latinx families, many of whom are migrants or undocumented. In partnership with Centro Cultural, this year it aims to distribute more than 15,000 lbs. of free fresh, organic produce to these underrepresented families in need.Learn More
Simply Organic's Giving History
Providing consumers the opportunity to use their buying power to support the environmental and social values of organic agriculture has always been part of Simply Organic. Since 2001, we've given back more than $2 million to supporting organic agricultural development and grower communities, including:
- Helping growers in developing countries produce and market certified organic products.
- Building training centers that teach organic agriculture methods and wells that bring fresh water to villages; supporting schools, meal programs and other social projects in grower communities.
- Supporting U.S. organic research and education projects, scholarships in sustainable agriculture, and organic-growing-based social organizations such as urban gardens and community food banks.