By Peter Allison, Executive Director

Posted April 11, 2019


Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day to Benefit FINE

Five percent of net sales to benefit Farm to Institution New England on Thursday, April 18

Hartland, VT – Farm to Institution New England (FINE) announced that it will receive five percent of net sales from all Whole Foods Market locations in Maine; New Hampshire; Rhode Island; and Greater Hartford, Connecticut, on Thursday, April 18th as part of the company’s annual Community Giving Days. These funds will help FINE to provide resources and trainings that mobilize schools and colleges throughout New England to source local food and inspire the next generation of healthy eaters and leaders.

Farm to Institution New England is a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working together to transform our food system by increasing the amount of good, local food served in our region’s schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions. The FINE network consists of non-profit organizations, government agencies, institutions, foundations, farms, food distributors, food processors, food service operators and others. FINE’s mission is to mobilize the power of New England’s institutions to transform New England’s food system.  

The April Community Giving Day initiative is Community Food Systems, focusing onorganizations, partnerships, projects and events that leverage food to strengthen communities through economic growth, sustainable sourcing, environmental stewardship, and powerful collaborations. 

More than 500 Whole Foods Market locations will participate in the Community Giving Day by donating to organizations, projects and programs that support the mission of strengthening communities through food.

WHAT: Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day to benefit Farm to Institution New England

WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (hours vary by location)



  • Bishop’s Corner: 340 N Main Street, W. Hartford CT 06117
  • Glastonbury: 55 Welles Street, Glastonbury CT 06033
  • West Hartford: 50 Raymond Road, West Hartford, CT 06107


  • Cranston: Garden City Center 151 Sockanosset Cross Road Cranston, RI 0292
  • Providence: 261 Waterman Street, Providence, RI 02906
  • University Heights: 601 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904


  • Portland: 2 Somerset Street, Portland, ME 04101.  


  • Nashua: 225 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03063
  • Bedford:121 South River Road, Bedford, NH 03110

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) was launched in 2010 as a joint initiative of the Regional Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network and a collaboration of New England agricultural commissioners. Since inception, FINE has focused on developing cross-sector connections between K-12 schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and other institutions such as day cares, health centers, assisted living facilities, prisons, government facilities and corporate campuses. Today, FINE serves those at the forefront of the farm to institution movement in the region, providing a forum to connect and share ideas, models, resources and support. Click here to learn more about FINE.

About Whole Foods Market® 

For 39 years, Whole Foods Market has been the world’s leading natural and organic foods retailer. As the first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market has more than 500 stores in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. To learn more about Whole Foods Market, please visit