Whole Foods Market Fairfield Supports Bridgeport Rescue Mission Food Outreach Program; 5% of All Sales Go To BRM on January 15
January 8, 2014 - Whole Foods Market Fairfield is thrilled to announce the recipient of its first five percent day of the year, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission (BRM). On Wednesday, January 15, the Fairfield store will donate five percent of its proceeds to BRM, a non-profit organization that provides tens of thousands of meals to the homeless and needy in the Bridgeport and South Norwalk areas every year.
When Whole Foods shoppers stock up on natural grocery items
WFM Fairfield is located at 350 Grasmere Avenue, Fairfield, Ct. 06824 and will be open from 8 am to 10 pm on Jan. 15; five percent of any sales made during open hours will help support BRM.
When Whole Foods customers stock up on all natural grocery items, they will help to fuel Common Ground’s 93% college acceptance rate and four straight years of significant test score growth. When they buy local and organic produce, they will help Common Ground grow more than 6,000 pounds of vegetables for their school lunch program and local farmer’s markets. When they buy chocolate, they will help more children connect with the natural world through Common Ground’s community educational programs.
Whole Foods Market Fairfield has held ten five percent days and donated more than $30,000 to local organizations since it opened in June, 2011.
“We are very excited to start the new year by giving back to the local community,” said Store Team Leader Jonathan Martin. “The 5% Day is a great way to help the Bridgeport Rescue Mission provide healthy food to people in the Fairfield area who struggle to afford nutritious meals.”
BRM’s food outreach program includes mobile kitchens that visit impoverished neighborhoods in Bridgeport and South Norwalk; pantry box deliveries to families struggling to make ends meet and a Thanksgiving drive that donates thousands of food boxes and coats to families in low-income areas.
“This donation is going to support our mobile kitchen and on-site meal programs and help a lot of hungry people enjoy a good home-cooked meal,” said Donna Romano, Communications Manager for BRM.
At this time of the year with many extra people coming in from the cold for hot meals and having to buy more fuel oil to keep our facilities warm in frigid temperatures, a program like Whole Foods 5% day is a tremendous help to Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the people in our care.
Five Percent Days are part of Whole Foods Market’s commitment to support environmental and educational causes in their community. Three times per year, each store identifies local organizations that align with Whole Foods Market’s commitment, and that make a real community impact. Often, these days raise $2500 or more for participating organizations.
In addition to its food outreach program, BRM also runs emergency shelter services, a guest house for women and children, a new life discipleship program and a clothing program.
Whole Foods Market Fairfield has held ten 5% days and donated more than $30,000 since it opened in June, 2011. Here is a list of all Fairfield Whole Foods Market’s past 5% Events:
July 2011 – Wholesome Wave Foundation, $8,089
September 2011 – Fuel for Learning Partnership, $2,454
January 2012 – Operation Hope, $2,655
April 2012 – Fairfield American Little League, $2,778
July 2012 – Westport Farmers Market, $2,984
Sept. 2012- Fairfield University - $2,560
January, 2013 Ct Public Broadcasting - $2,739
April, 2014 Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai - $3,333
July 2013 Autism Speaks - $3,324
September, 2013 - Six to Six Magnet School, $2,908
Whole Foods Market Fairfield is also a sponsor of the University of Bridgeport’s Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer Day on January 20, an event where more than 500 volunteers signed will perform community service at various organizations in the area.