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Whole Body and Vitamin Angels

By Chris Jensen, November 11, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Chris Jensen
Join one of our very own Whole Body team members for an insightful interview about the positive impact of Vitamin Angels not only on children’s health, but also in the hearts of our team members, customers and supplier partners. Susan Oelker is the Southwest Regional Supplement Buyer and has worked for Whole Foods Market for 14 years, where her passion for the best supplements and body care products is matched only by her enthusiasm for supporting suppliers who give back to the global community. Your next vitamin purchase can make a difference for under-nourished children. Find out how and tell us what you think. We'll donate $1 to Vitamin Angels for each of the first 5,000 comments posted on one of our Vitamin Angels blog posts by November 30, 2010.

Learn more about Vitamin Angels in our previous Viva Vitamin Angels podcast. Podcast Notes: Expert: Susan Oelker Whole Foods Market team member, Susan Oelker was introduced to the work of Vitamin Angels 4 years ago:
  • Vitamin Angels provides team members with an easy way to help others and fulfill their desire to create positive change through their work at Whole Foods Market.
The Vitamin Angels and Whole Foods Market partnership is special to all stakeholders:
  • Finding a way to impact malnourishment can sometimes seem overwhelming, but when team members connect that all they have to do is show guests products on our shelves that donate to Vitamin Angels, it is really impactful to that team member and customer.
  • Not only is it a great product for the guest, it also doesn’t cost them anything additional to help these children.
Whole Body has a unique opportunity to directly impact the lives of children, customers and team members through its relationship with Vitamin Angels:
  • Whole Body carries the best supplements available and it’s these same nutrients that customers buy for themselves that Vitamin Angels is delivering to children in need.
  • The dedication of Howard Schiffer and his team at Vitamin Angels to this global mission shows when they come out to educate team members about how we can all work together to reach these children.
Vitamin Angels gives everyone a way to make an impact:
  • Team members in Whole Body and throughout the store are given an opportunity to share with guests that even the most basic choice of which vitamin they choose that day can support a child in need.
  • It doesn’t cost any more money or any more time to make positive change happen.
  • Every day, team members and customers can do this and all they need is the awareness that they can make a difference.




katy ames says ...
This is an amazing program, and i'm so happy we are supporting such wonderful efforts!
11/11/2010 12:29:51 PM CST
Nicole says ...
I love this! Great program! Thank you!
11/11/2010 2:32:09 PM CST
suki says ...
A brilliant partnership to support such a precious endeavor and a simple way to be part of a compassionate and impactful cause.
11/11/2010 3:34:59 PM CST
Robby Bardwell says ...
This is So Awesome! What a great way to use your buying power in a positive way!
11/11/2010 4:41:45 PM CST
Amie says ...
Right on Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels! What a great program.
11/12/2010 1:30:30 PM CST
Hedy says ...
Sounds like great program. Thank you for sharing it with me, Susan Oelker.
11/12/2010 1:34:22 PM CST
Melissa says ...
What an amazing program! Keep giving to the kids. They are our future.
11/12/2010 1:36:43 PM CST
sue barraza says ...
I love Vitamin angels and Harold Schiffer! Is there anyway I can get some of this info for my Facebook page so I can encourage friends to find out more about this very worthy cause?
11/12/2010 1:43:00 PM CST
colencia says ...
this is a great program.anything to help little ones in need.
11/12/2010 1:58:26 PM CST
Devon Miller says ...
What an amazing opportunity to make a difference!!! Big thanks to Whole Foods Market, Vitamin Angels and all participating companies!!!
11/12/2010 2:33:50 PM CST
Kevin says ...
This much needed program demonstrates just how simple it can be to make a positive impact in the World. Way to go!
11/12/2010 3:40:56 PM CST
Joe Gabriel says ...
One world is enough for all of us!!! Good work on this program!!!
11/12/2010 4:01:34 PM CST
Laura H. says ...
Saluting the leadership for a great cause!
11/13/2010 7:34:26 AM CST
tanya says ...
11/13/2010 12:30:22 PM CST
Amy Quinette says ...
Go Vitamin Angels! Wooo!
11/13/2010 2:52:54 PM CST
kori stephens says ...
thank you vitamin angels!
11/13/2010 8:38:23 PM CST
Eric B says ...
When I think of the phrase "let there be light" I think of this. It just fits.
11/14/2010 12:10:09 AM CST
Julie says ...
Thanks for the opportunity to support such a great program!! Way to go, Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels!!
11/14/2010 9:24:08 AM CST
Danielle Sholly says ...
Vitamin Angels Rocks!!!
11/14/2010 1:40:51 PM CST
Kathy Kelsheimer says ...
What a great opportunity to help out the children who so desperately need help.
11/14/2010 4:00:26 PM CST
Jud Martindale says ...
I'm so proud to be part of a company that cares about the world and to be aligned with a organization like Vitamin Angel.Thank you.
11/15/2010 9:37:45 AM CST
lisa gargas says ...
This is a beautiful program-keep doing the good work WFM! Thanks for sharing Ms. Oelker:)
11/15/2010 10:20:53 AM CST
JTreat says ...
Giving is the best way to create meaningful change. Good job Whole Foods!
11/15/2010 10:51:24 AM CST
Leisha Barnette says ...
This program is making the world a better place! Yay, Vitamin Angels and Whole Foods!
11/15/2010 11:02:28 AM CST
lauren says ...
Whole Foods does so much more that just sell groceries. Thanks for all you do for the local communities and the world
11/15/2010 12:51:36 PM CST