Grocery Shopping Means Giving to Local Charity Organizations on May 19th

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Raleigh-Area Whole Foods Market stores will host a Triangle-Wide Community Giving Day on Tuesday, May 19th. Five percent of net sales will be donated to local charity organizations.

shoppers can support very worthwhile causes simply by checking off their grocery lists

Raleigh-area Whole Foods Market stores will host a Triangle-wide Community Giving Day (otherwise known as "5% Day") on Tuesday, May 19th. Five percent of Tuesday’s net sales from all five store locations will be donated to local non-profits.

"On 5% Day, shoppers can support very worthwhile causes simply by checking off their grocery lists," stated Andrea Mastrobuono, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market Durham. "You're essentially giving 5% of the cost of every item you purchase to a local charity.” Each Whole Foods Market store will benefit a different organization on Community Giving Day, chosen in advance by team members at that location.

“Serving and Supporting our Local and Global Communities is one of our core values,” says George Jones, Store Team Leader at Whole Foods Market North Raleigh, “5% day is a way for us to inspire connections within our community and support causes close to our hearts.” Some of the causes supported on May 19th include: food security, domestic violence recovery and earthquake relief in Nepal.

Representatives from supported organizations will be present in stores on 5% day to share information, answer questions and thank shoppers for their support. In addition, stores plan unique, interactive events on Community Giving Day to make shopping all the more worth-while. Shoppers can visit for individual store event schedules.

Whole Foods Market Raleigh benefiting PLM Families Together: Providing resources to move families from homelessness to stable homes
Whole Foods Market North Raleigh benefiting NC Nepal: Local Cultural Organization sending Earthquake relief support to Nepal
Whole Foods Market Cary benefiting Wake Crisis Ministry:Providing food & financial assistance to families through multiple outreach programs
Whole Foods Market Chapel Hill benefiting Compass Center: Helping women and families prevent, end & recover from domestic violence
Whole Foods Market Durham benefiting Durham Central Park: Sustainable urban park focused on natural beauty, public art, community events, and recreation

About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, 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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