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Feed 100 Bag Helps Rwandan School Children

Sometimes I find gift giving especially challenging. With all the need in the world, why the heck should I get Aunt Mary Lou a new apron? She has 10 already! What I really want to do is make a donation or give a charitable gift in her honor. But then there’s nothing tangible to unwrap and somehow the family turns me into the Scrooge of the season. “Why can’t Paige give normal gifts like everyone else?” If a version of this story plays out for you, the Feed 100 Bag just might be the perfect option. Here’s the deal: you buy the Feed 100 stylish reusable shopping bag to give as a tangible gift and part of the proceeds go to providing 100 meals to hungry Rwandan school children.  Win-win, right? The Bag Designed solely for Whole Foods Market, the FEED 100 reusable bag is made of organic cotton and natural burlap and is produced with a commitment to ensuring fair treatment of workers, livable wages, overtime pay and safe, clean working environments. It is a lightweight, fresh white tote that collapses easily into its base, which is a zippered rectangular burlap pouch emblazoned with the FEED logo and the number 100. An eco-friendly fashion statement that helps educate people about hunger and what we can do to alleviate it. It’s perfect to use for your groceries and for about 50 million other things too. The Good Each bag purchased provides 100 nutritious meals to hungry school age children in Rwanda through the United Nation World Food Program’s School Feeding Program.  In 1994, Rwanda lost 800,000 men, women and children to genocide; as a result, the nation’s economy and social structures were decimated. School feeding is one of the most effective solutions to stopping hunger and breaking the poverty cycle. Since 2003, the World Food Program has provided free, nutritious school lunches to Rwanda’s children in 300 schools in the most food-deprived areas. Each hot, nutrient-rich meal draws boys and girls to school, helps them learn, and may be the only meal they have all day. School attendance has grown from 63 percent to 93 percent, and to help close the educational gender gap, girls with good attendance may receive extra rations to take home to their families. Girls with just a few years of education have fewer children, have them later in life, and are better prepared to care for and educate them. The Cost When a Whole Foods Market customer buys a FEED 100 bag, $10 is donated by the FEED Foundation to the World Food Program’s Rwanda School Feeding operation, with the remainder going to cover the costs of making the bag and oversight of the program by the FEED Foundation. The bags are produced with high-quality, 100% organic cotton and natural burlap.  All FEED bags are made as eco-friendly and fairly as possible in audited and certified fair labor facilities. To further help the initiative, Whole Foods Market is not making any profit on these bags – in fact many of our stores are offering this bag for a special price of $25 for the holiday season – kicking in our own donation to help feed hungry children. If you aren't close to one of our stores, check out online ordering through FEED. Hope this helps make your holiday shopping (and gift unwrapping) more rewarding! To learn more about the FEED Foundation, visit their website or check out this video.

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Denise says …

Everyday I pick up three pieces of litter. It makes me feel good, and lots of people notice, which may force me out of a "job" One can only hope.

Judy Veneroso says …

I will CONTINUE to use re-useable bags. I will CONTINUE to recycle. I will CONTINUE to use green products. I will reduce the number of lights I have on in my home at the same time. I am guilty of that. I will do all in my power to do anything required to help our planet earth.

karen hayden says …

I will continue to recycle and use green bags for produce items to avoid waste.

Kelly Carpenter says …

Our family has cut way back on using paper products (paper plates, cups, etc.) and are reusing paper bags at the grocery store.

Elaine Russell says …

The easiest thing to do is to wash laundry in cold water, and of course bring your own cloth bags to the supermarket.

F Brown says …

I plan to buy a bike and figure out other uses for things that are usually discarded.

kevin combs says …

I am already using cold water cycle for " not dirty clothes".Hand washing some dishes saving the dish washer for dishes with actual stuff on them . Talking about these green ideas helps. I am surprised at how few people do anything green including friends and family when I see them in their environment.Do not preach just look for opportunities.

Pam says …

I will eat less take out food to reduce the amount of disposable containers and flatware going to our landfills.

Dattatreya, S. says …

Given donation to "HARVESTERS"!

Dattatreya, S. says …

Given donation to "Harvesters".

Michele Chroman says …

I am going to make a real effort to not purchase anything that isn't packaged in earth friendly packaging.

BONNIE says …

I AM UNPLUGING MY ELECTICAL ITEMS THAT ARE NOT USED. I ALSO RECYCLE CANS AT MY HOUSE AND MY DAUGHTERS HOUSE. I AM ALSO USEING THE REUSABLE BAG FROM THE GROCERY STORE FOR ALL MY SHOPPING NEEDS.

Victoria says …

Use damp newspapers to clean windows and dry newspapers to finish and shine the windows; then recycling the same used newspapers in my blue bag for further recycling.

TD says …

This year, I am resolved to use fewer plastic bags, particularly ziploc type bags. I will be using containers for my son to take his lunch and snacks to school that he can bring home and wash. And I am putting a reusable bag into my purse so that I will always have handy at the grocery store instead of using the store's plastic bags.

Paula Andreoli says …

Remember to turn off the faucet when brushing my teeth, instead of letting it run. And I brush my teeth alot!

Heidimagner@hotmail.com says …

What a great bag!

Susan says …

I pledge to cook more healty food at home and let take out for my family. Not only will that save the earth from all the take out containers but my family will be eating more healthy.

Joan says …

Nice bag, powerful reminder to the world!

mich t says …

I've started vermicomposting with my kids! We now have over 1,000 pet worms! we recycle newspaper, shredded bills, junk mail our fruit and veggie scraps and at the same we make fertilizer for our plants and veggie garden! I've also started my second compost bin. I hope to teach my family to be good stewards of our resources. And care for our earth!

Esther Burton says …

I will decrease my usage of plastic bags more and also be more conservative with the water and electricity usage in my home.

Stephanie Blohm says …

I will try to recycle more items and buy less products that will end up in a landfill. I will also try walking more often. I will change the lightbulbs that we are currently using to ones that last longer throughout our house.

Amy Sander says …

We have 2 ideas that we are forging ahead with as a family. We have greatly reduced our use of plastic bags by keeping a stash in the car. More and more, it is becoming a habit to bring them into the store. Our other idea is biking. To get healthy and enjoy some low cost familly activity, we searched Craig's list for 4 used bikes & a burley and plan to start biking this summer or sooner.

marcy says …

I will frequent my farmer's market for locally grown organic food,every other week, at our year round farmer's market. I will also make sure that all of my clients know that their food stamps can be used towards fresh local produce at this farmer's market.

P. Ann Pinkins says …

Search/Buy 100% recyclable items I love the recycled items. I search them our in every store I go. Recycled items are just as good as non-recycled items except, they won't harm the planet earth. You can find anything from: aluminum foil, to brief cases, hanging file folders, storage boxes, & much more. Be sure to look for the recycle symbol or wording on each item you purchase. If you can't find recyclable items where you typically shop, ask the store manager about it. Maybe you'll make that store aware of recyclable items and help save the planet.

Kathleen Weber-Combs says …

Yesterday I went to Staples to return ink cartridges as well as well as plan on getting a new printer so I will trade my old one in for a new one with a fifty$ discount. My daughter,husband and I will be planting two trees since we lost so many in our back yard this weekend as well as getting a one of those composters for outside from the money that we save from buying a new printer. Then we will start growing mushrooms from all of the trees that we lost it is a pefect climate for growing this veggie as well as other veggies in our garden can not wait then we plan to sell at local farmers market as well as restaurants in the surrounding areas.

Guadalupe says …

I like the idea of going green. I will turn of the computer when I am not using it and I will save the life of trees by doble side printing.

Frank Francais says …

EARTH DAY 2009 Will do the earth good every day by recycling, buy locally, and composting.

Soraya says …

I will use glass and stainless steel containers.

Livia says …

Hi, On Earth Day 2009, we had a candlelight dinner and did not turn up the light. We decided not to eat meat min. 2 days a week, we use only organic shampoos and bath products. I just planted organic seeds in organic soil. Best part is when my little son asks "Is it organic? From Whole Foods?"

Marcia says …

Since I pay taxes, I know that many of my dollars will automatically go to people all over the world to alleviate hunger through the new Obama initiatives. When I was either fully or somewhat employed, I gave to the Adventis World Relief Agency that provides water, irrigation, seeds, planting and growing techniques training (to help out, not out), as well as many educational opportunities to more sites than any other organization in the world. I always plant a tree, a flower, seeds when I can. I encourage all to utilize organic products and do so as possible. Likewise, every attempt is made to consider packaging, and healthfulness of purchases. When eating out or whenever asked for food, I give a homeless person some of whatever I have available when I know they appreciate and work to achieve a better life. Peace and Love!

Valerie Pang says …

Started using Sigg water bottles. bringing my own resuable bags when shopping.

Ellen Wexler says …

The town I live in recycles big time and I am so grateful. We try to do our part to "Live Lightly On The Earth". Cans, bottles, plastic, paper and more go to the bins. Peels and cores and trimmings to the compost. Cloth bags to shop with. Use less, waste less, Happy Momma Earth.

Jeff says …

Great Idea! I think I'll throw in some curry chocolate, a hemp shirt and organic honey. No, I don’t work for WFM but I do live in Austin and we visit the mother ship regularly. I know what she likes!

Elise Wilson says …

Love the bag!!! Love the store!! Thanks for everything!!!

Lisa says …

I use cloth bags when shopping and use our own water bottles. Also, we try not to use the A/C until it is totally unbearable which is when the temps hit 100F.

PATTY says …

I would love a bag......My mom passed twelve years ago, I miss her so much, I am a mom to a kitty only, so this gift would make me not miss my Mom June's cooking so much....I could go shopping and have something to actually DO that day....Thank you for your consideration..........

Jo Ann T. says …

We have three of these bags and love them! Love more the idea that we are contributing in a meaningful way. Go Whole Foods!

Ivy says …

The Feed Bag is a great way to shop, chic looking too!

Judy Veneroso says …

What a fabulous idea! I will ONLY shop in Whole Foods...(Union Square). I cannot imagine my life before Whole Foods. What did I do? Fairway, Citerella....stopped shopping at the other so-called food stores years ago. I actually get palpatations as I enter the store. And I always find good prices on your 365 products. My only complaint: no quarts of organic milk. Not everyone can drink a 1/2 gallon. And the organic milk that is not yours, is ridiculously expensive.

Gloria says …

I love to give fragrant gifts. Jason makes wonderful fragrances. I love the cranberry body soap, they also make a gift pack for the holidays.

lynn says …

I try to recycle. I also use coffee grinds for my roses.

rene'e braxton says …

I always recycle and so does my daughter. it is very important, and i think now i am addicted to it.

Michelle says …

I love the idea of the Feed 100 bag and want to share it with everyone I know, as gifts.

Barbara says …

I think this a great idea, and love whole foods market. I can find products at whole foods I can't find anywhere else.

karen says …

I love the bag and the variety of yogurts. I go to the stores in NY and NJ. They're great.

Terre says …

What a great bag for a outstanding cause. Thanks Whole Foods for making this possible and Thanks Mom for teaching me graditude and sharing.

betty says …

I think is a wonderful thing to do. I wish we could do this for Darfur and Somalia as well. As for me and being green I'm not so sure what more I can do. I recycle like I had to in germany, it's a great practice to get into we make less garbage then everyone else. I use biodegradable poppy bags for my puppy. Always use canvas bas to shop with. Use no toxic environmentally cleaning products. My biggest abuse I'm sorry to say is paper towels. So that's my plan to try and use more kitchen towels instead of paper for cleaning and drying things.

Stacey says …

Whole Foods is my favorite place for fresh fish - always superior quality and the best I can find! A sure hit for me on Mom's Day!

Pamela Renfroe says …

I do not live near a Whole Food Store but have family and friends that do. They have purchased many awesome items and shared with me. Hopefully one day soon a Whole Foods will open in either Montgomery, Alabama or Dothan ,Alabama areas near my home. Thank goodness for internet shopping for now. Love, love the wonderful recipes! Pam

paulette jepsen says …

Mothers day will be special this year! I am here to celebrate with my 80 year old mother and we will be shopping at Whole Foods for all of our dinner supplies AND we will be buying your special Dry Cat Food so that our cats may celebrate with us. My first job when I was 16 was in a natural food store and our family has owned a natural food store. We find Whole Foods to be a complete shopping store for us.

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