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A Special Thank You to Our Team Members

Whole Foods Market Team Members have donated over $4.5 million through paycheck contributions to alleviate poverty worldwide through Whole Planet Foundation.

The Foundation funds microlending programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America, to provide microentrepreneurs like Nagamma in India, where Whole Foods Market sources cashews, the opportunity to create or expand a home-based business and lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Through trusted microfinance partners like One Acre Fund in Kenya, where Whole Foods Market sources coffee, Whole Planet Foundation is alleviating poverty in 57 countries supporting more than 1.6 million people with the chance for a better life.

Team Members are so passionate about the mission of Whole Planet Foundation, they donated over $1 million in 2012 alone!

Watch this appreciation video by Jason Markow of TEKSTartist.com and see artwork celebrating Team Member generosity come to life. Thank you Whole Foods Market Team Members!

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Jessica Brocker says …

Whole Foods Market does so much for their team members - it's the least we can do to give back to people that need it.

joyce says …

I am one of the many Team Members who donate! It's so awesome to realize that the cumulative effect of small, ongoing gestures have lifted so many out of poverty and empowered them to pay it forward. Whole Planet Foundation really makes a difference and I'm proud to be a part of it!

james dale killingsworth says …

wandering around the store couldn't find what I was looking for or anyone to ask until I went to the customer service desk. mr rabbit took such amazing care of me. thank you dale

Kelly Healy says …

I am both proud and excited to be setting off at the end of the month on a Whole Planet Volunteer trip to Kenya representing the Rocky Mountain Region of Whole Foods Market. This will be a life changing experience which allows me to put my heart and hands to work alongside local entrepreneurs and community partners in the shared mission to alleviate poverty.

Dee Dee says …

Fantanstic! I am going to show this during new hire paperwork when the Whole Planet comes up. No act of Kindness no matter how small is wasted. Thank you!

Susan says …

A big thank you to Whole Foods Market for providing the opportunity to our Team Members to give to such an empowering cause! And of course a huge thank you to those Team Members which give to such a worthwhile cause!