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Founded in 1998, the United Fresh Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization designed to help meet the public's need for healthy, high quality, safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.  The Foundation offers research and education programs to enhance the produce industry's effectiveness, develop leadership skills at all levels of the industry to better meet public needs, advance produce safety and quality, and increase children's consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The main programs and activities of the Foundation are organized into core "Program Centers":

    • Center for Leadership Excellence
    • Center for Nutrition and Health
    • Center for Food Safety and Quality
    • Center for Global Produce Sustainability

Giving Opportunities

In addition to programming, the Foundation also supports other educational and philanthropic efforts including the Produce for Better Health Foundation and serves as a strong example of the power of giving to support common growth and success.

The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation to the Foundation, please contact Victoria Backer to discuss giving opportunities.  

Board of Directors

The Foundation is led by a separate Board of Directors:

Steve Grinstead, Chairman
Chief Executive Officer
Pro*Act, LLC

James P. Lemke, Vice-Chairman
Senior Vice President
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Nelia Alamo
Director of Sales & Marketing
Gills Onions, LLC

John L. Chrosniak
Director, North America Crop Protection
Dupont Crop Protection

Matthew D'Arrigo
Vice President
D'Arrigo Brothers Company of New York, Inc.

Robert J Gordon
Chief Operating Officer
FreshPoint Inc.

Charles Hall
Executive Director
Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association

John Smith
Director, Horticulture Region
Bayer CropScience

Nicholas J Tompkins
Chairman of the Board
Apio, Inc.


United Fresh Produce Association
1901 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202 303 3400
Fax: 202 303 3433