In The Community

Dean’s Natural Food Market strongly believes in the importance of giving back to the community.

We have donated over $250,000 since opening in 1996, and we continue to support local non-profit organizations whose goal is to improve the health and quality of life in the communities we serve.

We have had the honor of helping many great non-profits, such as Mary’s Place by the Sea, the Monmouth County SPCA, Kick Cancer Overboard, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County, the Cancer Support Communities of Jersey Shore and Central NJ, Hometown Heroes, NOFA, NJ SEEDS, the Non-GMO Project, Platinum Minds, Restore the Shore, and more.

Want to request a donation? Please download and fill out the form below.

Donation's from the Dean's List

One reason we are able to help these organizations is due to the generosity of those who have chosen to purchase Dean’s List items. 3% of the sales, up to $25,000 annually, from those items is donated to local non-profits like the ones shown below.

To learn more about participating in the Dean’s List, click here.

Mary's Place By The Sea

Loretta and Dean Nelson of Dean’s Natural Food Market are two of our Honorees at Our Mary’s Place by the Sea 2nd Annual OceanFront Bash.

“Mary’s Place possess’ a pureness that is born from love, and the desire to heal from deep within. When I think of Mary’s Place, I think of the great spiritual leaders of our time, who committed their lives to awakening and healing humankind. I am myself awakened and inspired by their acts of kindness.”

-Dean Nelson, Owner of Dean’s Natural Market.

Donation Requests

We receive a large number of donation requests and unfortunately, we can’t support every worthwhile cause. We thank you for your interest and ask that you look over the following criteria before submitting your request:

Your local organization must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Health and preventative health care through nutrition
  • Hunger relief
  • Organic farming / sustainable food
  • Environmental preservation and protection
  • Community arts and culture
  • Education and programs for school-age children
  • Organizations to which we have strong community ties

We generally do not award donations to individuals seeking pledges, large national non-profits, political parties, or religious organizations.

  • The recipient must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and have their 501(c)(3) number.
  • Please fill out the official donation request form, and apply in person to the store located closest to your organization. Requests made by phone, through the website, and via social media outlets will not be considered.
  • Please do not contact multiple stores for the same donation.
  • Please submit your application at least four weeks in advance from when you require the donation.
  • We try to honor as many requests as possible, but donations are reviewed and awarded on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, this means that past support of an organization may not guarantee future support.

Ready to Get Started

Step 1. If you fit the criteria above, please download and fill out the donation request form.
Step 2. Bring the completed form to your local Dean's Natural Food Market.

Community Gallery

Donating food to the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean County following Hurricane Sandy
Carrots and other organic produce being donated to a local restaurant for their holiday dinner to feed those in our community who may be less fortunate.