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The FruitGuys GoodWorks Program

Our GoodWorks mission is to give back from seed to need. Our program has two components: The FruitGuys Community Fund, which supports the small sustainable farms that grow our food; and The FruitGuys donation program, which aims to reduce food waste and ensure that excess fruit reaches the hungry and those in need. 

Check out our 2018 GoodWorks Annual Report

Small Farms, Big Impacts

The FruitGuys Community Fund

The FruitGuys founded The FruitGuys Community Fund in 2012 because we believe small, independent, American farms are the key to a healthy food system. Each spring, the nonprofit awards grants (up to $5,000 each) to small farms and agricultural nonprofits for sustainability projects that have a large positive impact on the environment, local food systems, and farm diversity. Since 2012, we’ve awarded 70 grants totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars to small-scale farmers. Apply for a grant. Help fund a farm and donate now to The FruitGuys Community Fund. 

We are pleased to introduce our 2019 grantees. 15 farms in 12 states makes this class our largest and most regionally diverse so far. Learn more!

  • 2018: Thirteen small farms and agricultural nonprofits across the US received grants totaling $47,534 for sustainable farm projects ranging from the installation of solar panels and bat houses to transitioning to no-till agriculture and planting heirloom fruit trees. Learn more about our 2018 grantees
  • 2017: Ten small farms were awarded a total of $42, 913 for sustainability projects focused on soil health, seed-saving, pollinator health, water conservation, and more! Meet our 2017 grantees
  • 2016: We increased the number of grants awarded to small American farms and agricultural nonprofits to 10, providing a total of $40,188 in funding for sustainable agriculture projects. Meet our 2016 grantees
  • 2015: Eight recipients were awarded a total of $35,643 in grants based on their proposed project’s scores in the Community Fund’s 2015 areas of focus: water conservation, soil health, pollination, and energy efficiency. Preference was also given to farms that increase low-income consumers’ access to fresh produce. Read about the 2015 grantees
  • 2014: Eight recipients were awarded a total of $30,000 in grants based on scores for 2014’s areas of focus: pollination, pest control, soil health, and low income food access. This year, the Fund expanded its applicant area to include the Midwest. The 2014 grantees’ farms come from California (3), Maryland (2), Wisconsin (1), Illinois (1), and Pennsylvania (1), and projects range from beehive and batbox installations to pollinator hedgerows and drip irrigation and hoop houses. Read about the 2014 grantees.
  • 2013: In our first year of operation, we awarded five grants to small farms in Pennsylvania and California for sustainability projects such as solar-powered irrigation, hoop houses to extend growing seasons, water reclamation, fencing and farm animals, and community outreach. Read about the 2013 grantees

Get Involved

Volunteer: Join our annual Grant Review Committee or participate in a work day at a local farm: fruitguyscommunityfund.org/volunteer 

Give: Please consider supporting small American farms by making a donation: fruitguyscommunityfund.org/give

 

Fighting Hunger with Fruit Donations

Weekly Fruit Donations to Food Banks and Nonprofits 

Since our business began in 1998, we have had a policy of zero food waste. We donate all excess fresh fruit to local food banks and charities in the communities we serve. Your business with us helps support our weekly fresh fruit donations to these organizations that help fight hunger and reach those in need.

Over the last five years, we've donated a total of 8,174,361 servings of fresh fruit across the country.

Donations to First Responders

We have also sent fruit donations to first responders to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans), Hurricane Sandy (New York and New Jersey), and tornadoes (Oklahoma 2013). Get Involved. Contact us if you would like to donate fruit to first responders.

Donate-a-Crate

Each year since 2008, our clients have generously donated hundreds of fruit boxes every holiday season to dozens of local charities in metro areas around our delivery hubs. Get Involved. You can donate your weekly fruit crate to a local charity at any time. Closed for the holidays? Away for vacation? Instead of canceling your delivery, just call 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we can set it up for you. Learn more about our Donate-a-Crate program.

Fruit Heros

Do you have a school, individual, or organization you'd like to donate a fruit box to on a regular basis? Call us. We can arrange a recurring delivery of bulk fruit at a discount. Get Involved. For more information, contact The FruitGuys Customer Service at info@fruitguys.com or 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we'll arrange it. (Free shipping in our regular delivery areas.)

JOIN US

You can make a difference in your community with The FruitGuys. Consider giving back through these programs:

Donate-a-Crate 

Fruit it forward. You can donate your weekly fruit crate to a local charity at any time. Closed for the holidays? Away for vacation? Instead of canceling your delivery, just call 1-877-FRUIT-ME (378-4863) and we can set it up for you. Each year since 2008, our clients have generously donated hundreds of crates each holiday season to dozens of local charities.  Learn more about our Donate-a-Crate program.

Become a Fruit Hero

Do you have a school, individual, or organization you'd like to donate a fruit box to on a regular basis? Call us. We can arrange a recurring delivery of bulk fruit at a discount. For more information, contact info@fruitguys.com. (Free shipping in our regular delivery areas.)

Save a Farm: Donate to The FruitGuys Community Fund

Small donations can have a huge impact on a small farm, as evidenced by the projects funded by The FruitGuys Community Fund. A grant of just $2,000 can literally change a farm's life by allowing drip irrigation, a hoop house, or solar water pump. Please consider giving to The FruitGuys Community Fund and make a difference in a small farm's life.