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Whole Body and Vitamin Angels

Join one of our very own Whole Body team members for an insightful interview about the positive impact of Vitamin Angels not only on children’s health, but also in the hearts of our team members, customers and supplier partners. Susan Oelker is the Southwest Regional Supplement Buyer and has worked for Whole Foods Market for 14 years, where her passion for the best supplements and body care products is matched only by her enthusiasm for supporting suppliers who give back to the global community. Your next vitamin purchase can make a difference for under-nourished children. Find out how and tell us what you think. We'll donate $1 to Vitamin Angels for each of the first 5,000 comments posted on one of our Vitamin Angels blog posts by November 30, 2010.

Learn more about Vitamin Angels in our previous Viva Vitamin Angels podcast. Podcast Notes: Expert: Susan Oelker Whole Foods Market team member, Susan Oelker was introduced to the work of Vitamin Angels 4 years ago:
  • Vitamin Angels provides team members with an easy way to help others and fulfill their desire to create positive change through their work at Whole Foods Market.
The Vitamin Angels and Whole Foods Market partnership is special to all stakeholders:
  • Finding a way to impact malnourishment can sometimes seem overwhelming, but when team members connect that all they have to do is show guests products on our shelves that donate to Vitamin Angels, it is really impactful to that team member and customer.
  • Not only is it a great product for the guest, it also doesn’t cost them anything additional to help these children.
Whole Body has a unique opportunity to directly impact the lives of children, customers and team members through its relationship with Vitamin Angels:
  • Whole Body carries the best supplements available and it’s these same nutrients that customers buy for themselves that Vitamin Angels is delivering to children in need.
  • The dedication of Howard Schiffer and his team at Vitamin Angels to this global mission shows when they come out to educate team members about how we can all work together to reach these children.
Vitamin Angels gives everyone a way to make an impact:
  • Team members in Whole Body and throughout the store are given an opportunity to share with guests that even the most basic choice of which vitamin they choose that day can support a child in need.
  • It doesn’t cost any more money or any more time to make positive change happen.
  • Every day, team members and customers can do this and all they need is the awareness that they can make a difference.

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Comments

Kim Logan says …

Happy to make a difference!

Kim Gray says …

Way to go Whole Foods! Thanks for supporting a great cause!

k lee says …

Great program!

Maria Barcelo says …

Vitamin Angels is an amazing program and I am so glad that Whole Foods is supporting it!

Noelle says …

=)

Mimi says …

Good for you Whole Foods!

Jane says …

Great idea! Thanks for supporting it Whole Foods!

Theresa says …

Jenna Bush was just at our university talking about a vitamin program in Columbia and how thankful mothers are to be receiving "sprinkles" for their children. Thanks Whole Foods!

Hallie says …

Wonderful! :)

Bruce says …

Whoo Hoo Vitamin Angels!

mary says …

What a great program. Keep looking where you can do good!

Brandy L. says …

Very touching. Thank you for what you do and I'm eager to help out & support such a great cause.

Elizabeth Sparks says …

What a great program, guys! Thanks for all you do!

Katherine says …

Thank you!!

Wendy Kelley says …

A wonderful, wonderful program!

Nicole says …

Vitamin Angels - I have never heard of this before, but it is a wonderful program. It is good when something you already do (purchasing vitamins) can turn into something even better (helping children in need).

Laurie Barre says …

Great!

Linda Hall says …

Great idea and well done for helping others!

Leah says …

Thank you for helping.

Tom says …

This is a great program.

Michele VA says …

Whole Foods, you are committed to more than just being a corporation, you are sharing the responsibility for the world we should all be more aware of.... thank you for what you do to help around the world...this is just a small way of helping the big picture. :) Namaste`

Roger C says …

One great company helping another!

Natalie says …

I love this program!

Kat says …

Wonderful idea because malnourished childern need so much more than just bread and water.

Jason (DFW) says …

This is great! Thank you for what you all do.

Christine says …

Great program for WF to get behind and help. Thanks!

Angel lover says …

THank you for your beautiful heart! <3 you both whole body and Vitamiin Angels.

Teri says …

Awesome ~ What a great charity!!

Dr. Lisa Sulsenti says …

Once again, Whole Foods Market and their incredible team raises the bar for humanity. Simple, souful, and humble. Thank you!

kathy says …

What a wonderful program by wonderful people for wonderful children!!!

Brittany Grant says …

Thanks for this amazing program!

Susan says …

I just saw a news segment on this great partnership! I'm going to get all our vitamins at Whole Foods now.

katy ames says …

This is an amazing program, and i'm so happy we are supporting such wonderful efforts!

Nicole says …

I love this! Great program! Thank you!

suki says …

A brilliant partnership to support such a precious endeavor and a simple way to be part of a compassionate and impactful cause.

Amie says …

Right on Whole Foods and Vitamin Angels! What a great program.

Hedy says …

Sounds like great program. Thank you for sharing it with me, Susan Oelker.

Melissa says …

What an amazing program! Keep giving to the kids. They are our future.

sue barraza says …

I love Vitamin angels and Harold Schiffer! Is there anyway I can get some of this info for my Facebook page so I can encourage friends to find out more about this very worthy cause?

colencia says …

this is a great program.anything to help little ones in need.

Devon Miller says …

What an amazing opportunity to make a difference!!! Big thanks to Whole Foods Market, Vitamin Angels and all participating companies!!!

Joe Gabriel says …

One world is enough for all of us!!! Good work on this program!!!

Kathy Kelsheimer says …

What a great opportunity to help out the children who so desperately need help.

Jud Martindale says …

I'm so proud to be part of a company that cares about the world and to be aligned with a organization like Vitamin Angel.Thank you.

JTreat says …

Giving is the best way to create meaningful change. Good job Whole Foods!

Leisha Barnette says …

This program is making the world a better place! Yay, Vitamin Angels and Whole Foods!

lauren says …

Whole Foods does so much more that just sell groceries. Thanks for all you do for the local communities and the world

dawn chatoney says …

What a great program! I'm excited that Wholefoods is supporting such an important cause!

Al says …

Wow!! What an amazing idea! This really makes my heart sing. Can you imagine what would happen throughout the world as more organizations start doing this. I salute you Whole Body, Vitamin Angels and Susan Oelker. Angels giving to Angels!!

Janice says …

Wonderful cause. You have my support.

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