We Serve and Support Our Local and Global Communities

Our business is intimately tied to the neighborhood and larger community that we serve and in which we live. Caring for the communities in which we reside is hugely important to our organization.

Local

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. Then, 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. 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 contact the Marketing Director at your local store or fill out a donation request form.

Global

While our store donations provide the backbone of our community giving, we also give back to the larger national and global community.

Whole Planet Foundation works toward poverty alleviation in developing-world communities where Whole Foods Market sources product. Through microcredit, Whole Planet Foundation seeks to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being they work with in order to created wealth and prosperity in emerging economies.

Whole Kids Foundation supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. Through partnerships with innovative organizations, schools and educators they work to provide children access to fresh, nutritious meals.

Whole Cities Foundation is the newest member of the Whole Foods Market family of foundations. This new non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting efforts that bring fresh, nutritious food and broader access to healthy eating education to underserved communities.

Our Local Producer Loan Program provides up to $10 million in low-interest loans to small, local producers. Why? Because we believe in supporting local farmers and producers.