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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
November 23, 2016
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Mom, Dad, kids, grandparents, teachers, neighbors and more! We’ve got gifts for absolutely everyone on your list. Read on for ideas and inspiration.
March 2, 2016
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During the month of March, we’re making it easy to make the world a better place. Round up your grocery bill at the registers during March 1-14 and donate those pennies to Whole Planet Foundation® for global poverty alleviation.
March 2, 2016
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With the help of generous customers and supplier partners like Alaffia, Whole Planet Foundation is helping to alleviate poverty in countries where Whole Foods Market sources products.
February 18, 2015
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To celebrate the launch of the 2015 Prosperity Campaign in Whole Foods Market stores we have recipes from Whole Planet Foundation’s cookbook Liberation Soup for you to try!
February 22, 2014
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Whole Planet Foundation has seen the profound impact microcredit can have by giving a hand up to low-income entrepreneurs. You can make a difference by participating in their Prosperity Campaign.
February 17, 2014
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Can you imagine a future without poverty? (And does it look pretty good to you?) Then join us in our eighth annual Prosperity Campaign for Whole Planet Foundation!
May 28, 2013
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Whole Foods Market Team Members have donated over $4.5 million through paycheck contributions to alleviate poverty worldwide through Whole Planet Foundation.

March 12, 2013
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You have through March 31st to help us reach Whole Planet Foundation®'s Annual Prosperity Campaign goal of raising $5.7 million by donating at your local Whole Foods Market store or online. What amazing progress we've made! So far, with your help, we have raised $3,274,338. Your donation will help us give opportunity by funding microlending programs for more than a million of the very poor in 55 countries, including the US.

March 12, 2013
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The Do Something Reel™ Film Festival continues this month with Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, an uplifting documentary about one man’s extraordinary humanitarian work and his influence around the globe.
March 9, 2013
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Thank you Whole Foods Market® shoppers! You have already raised $2.3 million to alleviate poverty around the globe, including right here in the United States!

Whole Planet Foundation® works with trusted microfinance partners to fund microcredit loans (typically loans of around $200 requiring no collateral or contract) to more than 259,000 clients (89% of them women) with a repayment rate of 97%. To date, the foundation has committed more than $34 million and disbursed more than $24 million.

February 26, 2013
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Whole Planet Foundation®'s mission is poverty alleviation in developing-world communities where Whole Foods Market® sources products. Through microcredit, Whole Planet Foundation seeks to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being we work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies. Whole Planet Foundation® partners with microfinance institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

November 4, 2012
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The 2013 Whole Planet Foundation Calendar is in stores now with over $40 in coupons and a world of good.
October 13, 2012
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On October 25, Whole Planet Foundation® and nine Whole Foods Market® suppliers are celebrating Poverty is Unnecessary Day. How are they celebrating? Kettle Brand, PROBAR, Café Spice Global Cuisine, Genji Sushi, Mrs.

May 1, 2012
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We’ve recently told you about some of the really creative fundraising events happening in our stores that support Whole Planet Foundation’s® Prosperity Campaign. Here’s another one to share with you.

March 27, 2012
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Team Members around the country go above and beyond to raise awareness and funds for Whole Planet Foundation. Learn how you can help in the home stretch of the campaign.
March 16, 2012
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Learn how your 25 to 350 word essay on how your small actions are making a big impact might win you a trip for two to India from Whole Planet Foundation.
March 13, 2012
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Find out which like-minded companies are joining Whole Planet Foundation in bringing more microcredit lending to very poor in 50 countries, including the US.
March 6, 2012
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Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients share their stories through traditional recipes. Try our versions of their favorite dishes, and donate at the register or online to help more people live a better life.
February 27, 2012
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Watch how Whole Planet Foundation’s partner Grameen America puts microcredit into action right here in the United States. Donate at the register or online to help more people live a better life.
February 22, 2012
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Do you believe that small change can bring big change? We do! Read on to find out how you can share your story in our Facebook essay contest for a chance to win a trip for two to India, courtesy of Intrepid Travel.
December 19, 2011
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Could this be the season’s most beautiful stocking stuffer? Plus this one keeps giving all year long.
October 26, 2011
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Perfect for home, office or gifting, the Whole Planet Foundation calendar costs only $3 and 100% of sales goes to fund microcredit. All thanks to our vendor partners, who also give you over $20 in coupons.
July 14, 2011
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Whole Planet Foundation’s Steve Wanta travels to Indonesia to meet with clients from our partner, Grameen Trust. This video profiles three very different clients.
June 21, 2011
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Read about Sambazon’s organic Amazon superfoods and learn how you could win a trip to Brazil to meet the family farmers and explore the Rainforest.
May 22, 2011
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The combination of fresh mango and rehydrated dried mango gives a sweet moist texture to this tropical-flavored quick bread, inspired by Haitian micro-credit projects.
April 30, 2011
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Learn what Whole Planet Foundation is doing to help alleviate poverty by watching this video shot in the field, this time from Indonesia.
April 14, 2011
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Thanks! You joined in raising $4 million for Whole Planet Foundation, which will reach 100,000 more impoverished women and their families, helping to lift themselves out of poverty.
March 26, 2011
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When purchasing this new Whole Foods Market gift card you donate a dollar to help alleviate poverty. Learn how easy it is to making a last impact through microcredit.
March 22, 2011
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Get inspired by our stores’ creativity and learn how you can help us reach our new goal of empowering 100,000 people to lift themselves out of poverty.
March 11, 2011
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Through worldwide microfinance partners, Whole Planet Foundation has reached over 130,000 microcredit clients with an opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, supporting over 650,000 people to live a better life.
March 4, 2011
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Whole Planet Foundation has empowered 130,000 clients with microcredit loans in five years. Meet a few of these entrepreneurs and donate in stores or online.
February 27, 2011
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Expand your cultural horizons with these recipes inspired by microcredit clients and help address world poverty by donating during Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign.
February 23, 2011
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Help give a hand up to over half a million people by donating during our annual Whole Planet Foundation Prosperity Campaign, and enter to win a trip to Peru to witness the benefits of microcredit firsthand.
November 3, 2010
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Buy a calendar, change a life! Show your support for Whole Planet Foundation microcredit clients (and get over $20 in coupons) by purchasing a 2011 calendar for $2 http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/get-involved/whole-foods-market-cal....
October 7, 2010
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Grameen America provides business loans to low-income individuals who don't have access to affordable credit. Hear some of the success stories from NYC borrowers and learn more about the program.
July 8, 2010
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I’ve always known that I work with some of the nicest, most giving, mission driven people I have ever met. And now I have concrete proof! As of June 25th, over 15,000 Whole Foods Market team members have donated over $1.5 million directly from their paychecks to Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate poverty through microcredit around the globe! Check out this video of team members talking about why they contribute.
June 11, 2010
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Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post.