Community Giving in Virginia Beach

Whole Foods Market Virginia Beach proudly supports many non-profit organizations in our community through a charitable giving program that includes 5% Days, Nickels for Non Profits, Giving Grills, donations of food for community events and team member volunteer days.

If you are interested in requesting support for a community event or organzation, please review our charitable giving programs detailed below. Please note that we do require at least eight weeks notice for all donation requests. Please be aware that due to the overwhelming number of requests, our store is unable to accommodate all donation requests that we receive. Submitting an application is the first step in this process and does not guarantee support of any kind from the store.

IN-KIND DONATIONS, NICKELS FOR NON PROFITS and GIVING GRILLS

Donations: Throughout the year, Whole Foods Market Virginia Beach makes in-kind donations of food, drinks and gift cards/baskets to community events and non-profits.

Nickels for Non Profits: When customers shop in our store and re-use their grocery bag(s), they are given a choice of keeping a $.05 refund per bag or donating that refund to one of two non-profit organizations. We select two organizations each quarter. Priority is given to organizations that reflect our own company mission of hunger relief, the environment, education and preventative health and wellness.

Giving Grill: During the warmer months we bring out our grill and "sell" lunch for a $5 donation to a partner organization. These events work well when the organization is able to be on site with something visual for our customers such as animals up for adoption, specialty vehicles or hands-on activities for kids.

If you are interested in requesting support through one of these programs, please complete our Donation Application and submit to:

Beth Tamburello, Marketing Team Leader
Whole Foods Market
1800 Laskin Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
VABCommunity@wholefoods.com

Please be advised that requests need to be submitted at least eight weeks before your event to be considered for sponsorship. Whole Foods Market accepts donation request applications from local, non-profit organizations with current 501(c)3 status. The event, fundraiser or program must serve our local community. The store will not donated to causes outside of our local area or to individuals or teams participating in fundraising events. Whole Foods Market cannot make donations to political or religious organizations unless the donation will be used for a local, non-secular community-service related event or program.

5% COMMUNITY SUPPORT DAYS

One day each quarter a total of 5% of the day’s net sales are donated to a local non-profit organization. Customers help support our selected organizations just by shopping on these 5% Days.

To be considered for a Nickels for Non Profit or 5% Day partner, your organization must:

  • be a registered non-profit with a valid Certificate of Exemption.
  • complete a 5% Day Application completely and provide a copy of your 501(c)3 letter
  • be able to provide a consistent in-store presence on the 5% Day.
  • work with Whole Foods Market to develop marketing strategies and in-store events to promote the 5% Day.
  • not have been at 5% Day partner with ANY Whole Foods Market store within the past three years.
  • submit a report of how 5% Day funds were used by your organization, and
  • recognize Whole Foods Market’s contribution to your organization via appropriate venues.

If you are a nonprofit interested in applying for a 5% Day, please complete the 5% Day Application and submit to:

Beth Tamburello, Marketing Team Leader
Whole Foods Market
1800 Laskin Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
VABCommunity@wholefoods.com

 

Both 5% Day and Nickels for Non Profits partners are chosen each fiscal quarter. The application deadline is rolling, and applications are kept on active file for three years. Please be aware that due to the overwhelming number of requests, our store is unable to accommodate all donation applications that we receive. Submitting an application is the first step in this process and does not guarantee support of any kind from the store. Please contact Beth Tamburello, Marketing Team Leader at VABcommunity@wholefoods.com if you have any questions about donations.