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Whole Foods Market® Broad Street to Donate Percentage of First Five Days’ Sales to Local New Orleans Non-Profits

Arabella Station and Veterans stores to participate

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA. (January 22, 2014) For an opening week celebration that begins Feb. 4, the Whole Foods Market Broad St. store will donate one percent of the first five day’s net sales to non-profits whose missions serve children, seniors, personal and workforce development, empowerment, arts, social justice, beautification/environment, music, and culture. The Arabella Station and Veterans locations will also participate and donate their net sales.

As part of the company’s core values to support its local communities, the stores donate five percent of net sales once a quarter. With the new Broad St. store opening, the New Orleans locations have combined efforts to support five local organizations over the first five days that the Broad St. store is open to foster even more giving. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Providence Community Housing
Providence Community Housing fosters healthy, diverse and vibrant communities by developing, operating and advocating for affordable, mixed-income housing, supportive services and employment opportunities for individuals, families, seniors and people with special needs. www.providencecommunityhousing.org

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Edgar “Dooky” Jr. & Leah Chase Family Foundation
The Dooky and Leah Chase Family Foundation seeks to cultivate and support historically disenfranchised organizations by making significant contributions to education, creative and culinary arts, and social justice. www.dookychasefoundation.org

 

Thursday, Feb. 6

Youth Run NOLA
Youth Run NOLA empowers underserved youth through running, with an eight-month guided training program overseen by volunteer teacher- coaches and running buddies. They recognize the long-term significance of empowerment, physical activity and mental resiliency in youth and aim to teach the community that runners are made, not born, and that running is a lifestyle, not just a sport. www.yrnola.org

Friday, Feb. 7

Restore the Bayou Canopy MotherShip Foundation’s Restore the Bayou Canopy campaign is a project that is replacing southern live oak trees along Bayou St. John lost during hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. These trees have provided shade and improved the quality of life for neighborhood residents for centuries. www.mothershipfoundation.wordpress.com

Saturday, Feb. 8

The Roots of Music
Co-founded by Derrick Tabb of the Rebirth Brass Band, The Roots of Music provides free, year-round music education to kids ages 9-14, with a mission to teach, support and empower the youth of New Orleans while preserving and promoting the city’s unique musical and cultural heritage. www.therootsofmusic.org

“Leading up to the store opening, we’ve had the pleasure to meet people and organizations in the neighborhood and surrounding area and support many events,” shared Kristina Bradford, Louisiana community and media relations coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “These one percent days are a great way to celebrate the store opening and organizations that enrich our community. We’re thrilled that the Arabella and Veterans locations will join us in these efforts, and we invite the community to shop at our stores on these days to further the non-profits’ missions.”

Information on Broad St. store events, activities, and classes, including the healthy eating educators, can be found at www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/broadstreet.

About Whole Foods Market® Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 78,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2013, the company had sales of $12.9 billion and currently has more than 360 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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