Food Literacy Project
The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies (CNS) is committed to increasing awareness of the extraordinary impact that food has on the health of our bodies, our communities, and our planet. In support of this commitment, CNS is creating a Community Grants service initiative to empower sustainable food-based initiatives around the world. We'll do this by providing grants to enable innovative start-ups and to propel the growth of existing initiatives.
Community education and food literacy
Access to healthy, affordable food
Sustainable and equitable food systems
Food Literacy Project
Andean Children’s Food Forest Workshops
Urban Garden Resources of Worcester (UGROW)
Plant Based Nutrition Support Group
West Bloomfield, Michigan
Huachuca City Community Garden
Huachuca City, Arizona
Food Autonomy Initiative
Deliciously Healthy Project
New York, New York
The Vecino Victory Garden
Familias Unidas y Sanas (United Healthy Families) Project
Baja California, Mexico
The Sustainable Agroforestry for Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems (SASEFS) program
10-day whole food, plant-based (WFPB) Jumpstart Program for Harlem's Latinx Community
Ithaca, New York
Cooking for Cancer: Promoting a Plant-Based Diet for Wellness
On Track through Plant-Based Nutrition
Orange County, California
Plant-based food literacy at Peoples Community Health Clinic in Waterloo, Iowa
Cedar Falls, Iowa
15-Day whole food, plant-based Jumpstart
Rochester, New York
Food Relief Project
Salt Lake City, Utah
Fresh Stop Market
Rodale Institute Farmer Training Program (RIFT)
Food Vitals Webinar
Stuyvesant Cove Park
Stuyvesant Cove Park, New York
Supporting Farmers and Families
Free Food Gardens
The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies is committed to increasing awareness of the extraordinary impact that food has on the health of our bodies, our communities, and our planet. Our Community Grants initiative was created to foster solutions around some of the greatest challenges currently impeding total health:
Personal health: Never before has such a large percentage of the US population suffered from obesity and chronic diseases. And never before has the financial strain of health care so overwhelmed every other sector of our society, from business to education to government to everyday families with inadequate insurance.
Communal health: Despite increased food production, there are many social and structural challenges within the food system that limit access to healthy, affordable food, particularly in low-income communities and rural communities. Many low-income families have access to only processed and packaged unhealthy foods grown and distributed with a myriad of negative environmental impacts, including climate degradation and destruction. So limits to food access contribute not only to poor health outcomes, but also climate change.
Environment health: We are losing healthy topsoil, depleting and polluting water resources, destroying our world's rainforests, and endangering plant and animal species at an alarming rate. And never before have we introduced on such a large scale genetically altered varieties of plants, requiring the use of heavy doses of pesticides that affect other vital life forms.
From the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individuals to their societies and the ecosystems that support them—the health of each depends on the health of all. Community Grants allows us to support individuals and organizations that are creating solutions and making real change in each of these areas.
Grants range from $500 to $5,000 and will be awarded to projects that address one or more of our core content areas: 1) community education and food literacy, 2) increasing access to healthy, affordable food, 3) promoting sustainable and equitable food systems. Announcements for upcoming Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be made via our website, newsletters and social media channels. Applications that include all proposal requirements and that align with the CNS mission are reviewed by the CNS staff and an advisory team.