Want to help small farms achieve greater environmental, economic, and community health? Donate now to The FruitGuys Community Fund’s Barnraiser project! The Community Fund is one of the only nonprofits that provides cash grants of up to $5,000 to small farms for sustainability projects such as water, soil, and energy conservation; pollinator habitat plantings; and crop diversity.
Small, independent, and family-run farms need all the help they can get, as evidenced by the record number of applicants for The FruitGuys Community Fund’s 2016 sustainable agriculture grants: in a 55 percent increase from last year, 110 farms and agricultural nonprofits from across the country detailed sustainability projects aimed at increasing pollinators; conserving soil, water, and energy; and increasing harvests and food access to low-income communities.
The FruitGuys donated more than 1.3 million servings of produce directly to those in need during 2015, a new record for the South San Francisco–based company. Nearly 700,000 pounds of fruit and produce were given to food banks and charities that help the hungry in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and New York areas through the company’s GoodWorks program.