Community Relations in Columbia
Whole Foods Market is dedicated to helping nonprofit and other organizations in our stores’ local communities. Our Community Relations program supports organizations that address community issues such as hunger relief, environmental awareness, local and sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, and health and human services.
To request a donation, please complete the appropriate application below and return it to our customer service desk, or via email/snail mail/fax as noted on each form. To ensure your application is reviewed, please read the information and timelines specified on each application.
Community Relations Program Applications
With this form groups can apply for support in the form of gift bags, gift cards, catering trays or in-kind product donations (such as fruit, water, sodas, snacks, etc.) for community events and charity auctions. Selections for this type of donation are made monthly and are between $25 and $150 per donation. Organizations must apply at least 30 days in advance of when their donation is needed, and can only receive donations once every six months.
On 5% Day, held quarterly, a selected nonprofit organization will receive five percent of the store’s net sales for that day. Interested applicants must be a registered 501(c)3 organization, commit to a significant level of promotional support for the day, and may be put on a waiting list for consideration for up to 18 months upon submission of an application. Organizations are limited to being selected as a 5% Day beneficiary once every two years.
Organizations selected for this program will benefit from customers who elect to donate their 10-cent discount for bringing reusable bags to a nonprofit organization. Applications are kept on file for one year, and an organization can only be selected as beneficiary once every two years.
Whole Foods Market often participates in local health fairs, educational series and community events to share information about healthy eating. We require a completed application at least 30 days in advance for consideration. Custom cooking classes and educational classes require an application six weeks in advance.
Suitable for all ages, our tours last between 40 minutes and one hour, and are generally available Mondays through Thursdays before 11:30 am or after 6 pm. We ask for a completed request form no less than two weeks in advance, and scheduling is based on availability.