The FruitGuys Community Fund Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

The FruitGuys Fiscally Sponsored Project of Community Initiatives
Awards $42,913 in Funding to 10 Small American Farms to Impact
Environmental, Economic & Community Health

FruitGuys Community Fund
, a fiscally sponsored project of Community
that provides grants to small farms and sustainability
projects, announces the recipients of its 2017 grants. This year, the
fund awarded 10 small American farms and agricultural nonprofits a total
of $42,913 in funding for sustainability projects aimed to impact
environmental, economic and community health.

The FruitGuys Community Fund received 70 letters of intent from farms
across the United States proposing many impactful sustainable
agriculture projects focused on supporting pollinators, conserving soil,
water, and energy, extending the growing season and increasing harvests.
Of the 20 finalists selected from The Community Fund’s volunteer review
committee, 10 farms have been selected to receive up to $5,000 in
funding to support its proposed sustainability projects.

The FruitGuys is a San Francisco-based company that delivers wellness to
workplaces across America through boxes of farm-fresh fruit in an effort
to replace breakroom junk food and promote healthy snacking. Because the
fruits are sourced from small, independent and family-run American
farms, The FruitGuys developed a deeper understanding and connection to
the plight of small farmers and in 2008, the company organized a Farm
Steward Program to give grants to American farms to support sustainable
agriculture projects. In 2012, the Farm Steward Program was officially
established as a nonprofit fiscally sponsored project of Community
Initiatives and renamed The FruitGuys Community Fund.

“The Community Fund’s core belief is to fund projects that make an
impact beyond the farm, which is valuable not only for the farmer, but
also for the world at large,” said Chris Mittelstaedt, founder and CEO
of The
and Board Advisor for The Community Fund. “This class of
Community Fund recipients exemplify this mission as they work toward
greater environmental and economic health, community engagement and
sustainable agriculture.”

The Community Fund’s Class of 2017 ranges from a small, half acre urban
farm in Chicago that will use its $5,000 grant to fund the purchase of
an ice freezer, solar panels and extra coolers to support its new
“Neighborhood Greens Program” which will bring fresh bunched greens to
city convenience stores accepting food stamps, to a 13 acre farm in
Maine that will use its grant to build a rainwater catchment system that
will provide approximately 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of
rain. To view the full list of grant recipients and read about each of
their funded projects, visit

Since 2012, The FruitGuys Community fund has awarded more than $167,000
to 41 farms to support sustainability projects that have a large,
positive impact on the environment, local food systems and farm

For those interested in getting involved with The Community Fund, there
are many ways to participate. Through small donations, The Community
Fund is able to extend their reach to support more projects that address
water conservation, natural pest control, energy efficiency, soil health
or pollination. To donate, visit
People can also volunteer to become a part the Grant Review Community to
help decide which projects get funded in 2018. For more information,


delivers wellness to workplaces across America through
boxes of farm-fresh fruit in an effort to replace break room junk food
and promote healthy snacking. The fruits are sourced from small farms
across the country, which supports American farmers and also serves
communities in need through weekly donations to homeless shelters,
foodbanks and other nonprofits. Founded in a one-bedroom San Francisco
apartment in 1998 by CEO and founder Chris Mittelstaedt, The FruitGuys
is still family owned and operated, and maintains its commitment to
giving back as well as expanding its network of family farms in each of
its regional hubs across the U.S. Today, The FruitGuys is the nation’s
No. 1 provider or farm-fresh fruit to business. For more information,


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