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As a company, we are quite unique. Our stores are not cookie cutter big box-type stores with directives from “corporate” about how to run the business. Each of our stores has a lot of latitude in deciding the best way to operate that individual store to meet the needs of the local community. That makes community giving really special and fun.
Our team members are part of the local Toronto community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to our shoppers and neighbors. First off, it’s a given that each store donates food to area food banks and shelters. We have food; they know how to get it to people who need it. Done. We help support organizations like Second Harvest or the Daily Bread Food Bank with daily pick ups from the store. Several times a year, our stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. Our One Dime at a Time program gives customers the opportunity to donate their 10-cent bag refund at check out to a designated non-profit organization. Last but not least, team members are constantly volunteering their time and expertise to an assortment of local non-profits.
If you have questions about our donation policy or have a nonprofit or educational organization you would like us to support, please complete the following ONLINE DONATION REQUEST for consideration. You may also contact our Marketing Team at MW.YRK.Marketing@wholefoods.com
COMMUNITY SUPPORT DAY APPLICATION (5% Day)
While our store donations provide the backbone of our community giving, we also give back to the larger national and global community. Our Whole Planet Foundation fights poverty through micro-lending in rural communities around the world. We provide a good deal of the funding for the loans and underwrite the administrative costs so every dollar donated goes directly to those who need it most. We also support projects that relate directly to organics and environmentally-friendly production methods, animal welfare, sustainable seafood, and healthy families and nutrition. Additionally, if the need arises, we coordinate donations at the cash register for regional or national disasters.
Overall, our community giving well exceeds 5% of our total net profits each year.
The Whole Planet Foundation's mission is to create economic partnerships with the poor in those developing-world communities that supply our stores with product. Through innovative assistance for entrepreneurship — including direct micro-credit loans and tangible support for other community partnership projects — we seek to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being we work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies.
Whole Kids Foundation's mission is to improve children's nutrition and wellness with the goal of ending the childhood obesity epidemic. Through partnerships with innovative organizations, schools and educators we work to provide children access to healthier choices. We aim to help children reach their full potential through the strength of a healthy body.
Whole Kids Foundation is focusing its efforts in three areas: