While we diligently work to better understand our company’s impacts and make changes in our supply chain, we’re also simultaneously looking for ways to inspire change in the food system at large. We know we cannot do this in isolation and that we must support others who are doing work that’s in line with our mission. That’s why in the past two years, we’ve contributed nearly$1 million to organizations that are helping to support a more sustainable food system.
FROM FARM TO FORK
Two of our flagship programs allow us to support both ends of the food system spectrum: sustainable agriculture and school gardens.
Annie’s supports the next generation of organic farmers and sustainable agriculture advocates with our annual scholarship program. Since we started this program in 2000, we have helped more than 100 students pursue environmental and sustainability-focused agriculture studies. In FY2012, we provided $100,000 to support undergraduate and graduate-level students.
Gardens are places for kids to connect to real food, explore new flavors and talk about where food comes from. For many years,we’ve offered Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs to help put children in direct contact with growing real food. In FY2012, we provided$44,000 to fund more than 75 gardens across the country. Read more about Grants for Gardens in the coming pages.
In addition to these two programs and several others, we also donate food products to those in need, including food banks and nonprofit organizations.