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Grower-Shipper Foundation


The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization founded in 2003 that provides education and information on the agriculture industry as well as offering innovative programs to our community.  We are to make our community aware of the positive impact agriculture makes to all our lives.

The Big Idea

The Grower-Shipper Foundation’s project More Produce in Schools is a proactive, innovative solution to a serious local and national health problem. Monterey County’s community and children are not immune to the national obesity epidemic. Although surrounded by wholesome and healthy produce, local schools do not always have the resources or the information to properly feed our children with fresh produce necessary for a well-balanced and healthy diet. The Grower-Shipper Foundation is pursuing a solution by bridging connections between schools and the agriculture community for the health and wellness of the next generation. They solicit donations from ag companies and individuals to purchase salad bars for Monterey County schools. Their goal is to place at least three salad bars and host a nutrition summit.

I love that I had a salad bar at my elementary school and middle school. It helped me to choose a healthier option, and now I choose the salad bar in high school.

- Alexa Velazquez

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.