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Whole Body and Vitamin Angels

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.

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Comments

Sue Mo Bee says …

What a wonderful program, thank you Vitamin Angels!

Lauren says …

That is amazing!

Julie says …

Thats great!

Tasty! Specialty Food Marketing says …

:) WOnderful project! Keep up the good works~

amy says …

Awesome effort! I applaud you!

Erik Fossum says …

Awesome, everything one does can make a difference! Keep it up!

Sara says …

How wonderful! I love that Whole Foods really cares about making a difference.

Patience says …

Vitamins can make a big difference!!!

Beanie McDougall says …

These products are awesome - I drive over 2 hrs each way to the nearest Whole Foods to purchase them, knowing that my purchase makes a positve difference in the lives of children makes it even better!

Monica says …

here is to a great cause

Rebecca Dana says …

this is great :)

Sarah says …

Great program!

Angie Gabriel says …

I absolutely love this program. Way to go!

gina says …

This sounds like a wonderful program. I am fully supportive, thank you! May health and happiness reach all.

Jen says …

Thanks for doing this!!

Elizabeth says …

This is the first I've heard of this wonderful program. Thanks!

Megan Caudill says …

Whole Foods never ceases to amaze me. Are there any signs/information around the store that talk more about this? Specifically in the supplement section?

Craig says …

This is a great thing! Glad I follow Whole Foods on Twitter!!

Lori Phillips says …

yay for you for making a difference!

Carol says …

Glad to support this program.

annie carr says …

This is one of reasons Whole Foods has good karma

Aveline says …

Oh my goodness, how are there are already not more comments on this? What a great idea, and what a great cause. Go go Vitamin Angels!

PacificCoasMama says …

What a great thing - thank you WF!

ELIZABETH says …

kids do not understand why they go hungry, its programs like this that give me hope for our chrildren,of this world. go whole foods......

MK says …

Fabulous!

Paige says …

Thank you for being apart of such a great program. I hope it will reach every child in need.

herman maldonado says …

great program!! i am hoping that the reach of this program can be, not only international, but worldwide. we are establishing a supplements/vitamins program in puerto rico and would like more info on whole body and vitamin angels. thank you so much whole foods!!

Susan says …

What a wonderful partnership! I remember using Vitamin Angels coupons at Whole Foods a couple of years ago. I thought it was a fantastic way to help kids and get some dollars off my own grocery bill. You can't beat that - Thank you Vitamin Angels and thank you Whole Foods <3

Tina Delia says …

This is such an important issue and we spend far too little time, money, and energy rectifying the problem. It's great to see Whole Foods taking such a proactive stance.

Jami M says …

Thanks for sharing. Great program!

Meghan says …

Wow! This is a great program! Thanks!

Ad says …

This is a wonderful idea- and after checking out the vitaminangels.org site, seems very well integrated with Whole Foods in general. Thanks for letting me know about this- and the easy way to help contribute.

Anne says …

What a worthwhile program to be helping with!

Gary says …

Chipping in!

Karen Newhouse says …

Thank you, Whole Foods, for this initiative.

Mary Anne Schlosser says …

Vitamin Angels have great programs that have a profound impact on the people they are helping. This impacts the children and their current and future families, their wellbeing and their ability to meet their basic survival needs, in places that have virtually no safety nets or social security programs. I have worked on development projects in Africa and have seen first hand how lack of vital nutrients can seriously impact childrens' and adults' lives, and how much good programs like these can do. I hope everyone gives to Vitamin Angels whenever they have the opportunity to do so. A little gift provides a profound contribution.

Cindy Hils says …

Awesome program. With depletion of our soils, many vitamins & essential nutrients are of lesser potency.

Pamela says …

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I was shopping at Whole Foods today and feel great about spending my $$ at a company which is involved in making a difference.

Lisa Williford says …

I think this is a wonderful program and would love to support it even beyond this! Thanks for helping malnourished children!!!

Annette says …

What an innovative idea! So glad that this program was founded.

Jan says …

Sounds like a great program!

Nissa Lind says …

I love the Schiffer brand even more now. Such a simple thing has such a profound and far reaching effect. Well done!

Samantha says …

Awesome program- thanks for helping these people!

Jess says …

So glad you guys are doing this!!

Yvette says …

Great Program! Thanks for sharing.

Ramon says …

A great example of the private sector working hand-in-hand with the non-profit world!

Gloria says …

What a wonderful idea and program. Keep up the good work Whole Foods and everyone involved. Anything we can do to help the children helps the future of our planet. Thank you!

michelle s says …

once again, way to go Whole Foods!

Leyla Ozgur says …

What a wonderful program!

Liz says …

Super program! Thank you and I hope it makes a difference in many children's lives.

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