Joshua's Heart and Whole Foods Market Aventura host cooking cafe and food giveaway at Gulfstream Middle School

Top Quote During the height of summer vacation, when families receiving reduced or free lunch experience additional challenges when it comes to feeding their children, WFM-Aventura provided a week's worth of groceries for over 130 families. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) September 14, 2012 - Feeding the hungry has always been a priority for Joshua's Heart Foundation. They deliver groceries every month to children and families in South Florida that normally struggle with putting a meal on the table. In August, Gulfstream Middle School in Hallandale, Fl. hosted over 130 of its school families who were the recipients of 1 week's worth of groceries. Additionally, Whole Foods Market Healthy Eating Specialist staged a cooking demonstration to 250 youths and adults showing them how to prepare healthier meals with the food they received; all courtesy of Whole Foods Market Aventura and Joshua's Heart Foundation.

    "As an educator, I often seek to inspire others to become better citizens, students, and human beings. Inspiration of the heart really helps others overcome obstacles and move into action. This past weekend you and your Foundation have inspired me in an amazing way. Thank you so much for being a pioneer in the fight against hunger and note that I will forever be one of your soldiers in creating solutions to this needless problem. On behalf of the entire Gulfstream Family, I applaud you and thank you for your dedication to all of us". - Brian Kingsley, Principal Gulfstream Middle.

    "Our partnership with Joshua's Heart Foundation enabled us to assist over one-hundred and thirty hungry families in our community in an immediate and tangible way. By supplying them with groceries, recipe cards and live cooking demonstrations; they learned not only how to stretch their ingredients, but how to do so healthfully." - Vanessa Hassele, Community Relations Team Leader at Whole Foods Market in Aventura.

    "This is my mission in life", said Joshua. "We give families hope and educate them in how to prepare healthier meals for their families. Whole Foods Market is a tremendous partner in making our food giveaways and cooking demonstrations a major success every time".

    Gulfstream Middle School students expressed their gratitude with these sentiments:
    "Thank you for the groceries that you have provided for us. My family and I had a delicious meal from the food that we received"…Gaby 7th grader Gulfstream Middle School.
    "When I heard you started helping people, it made me think, I would like to help people too. You have inspired me to make a difference. With the groceries that your foundation has given us, we made carrot cake, salad and much more"…Jasmine 7th grader Gulfstream Middle School.

    In addition to feeding the needy, Joshua and his elves were gifted by the Sangria family of Coral Gables, with 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to give away at Gulfstream Middle School. There were an additional 100 backpacks donated to ensure each student had the tools necessary to start the school year out right.

    About Joshua's Heart Foundation ®: Joshua's Heart Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-for-profit organization, empowers, needy people to improve their quality of life. The foundation was founded by a five year old boy by the name of Joshua. His heart conceived a passion for assisting those who struggle daily to procure food for basic survival. The main focus of his vision is to "Stomp out Hunger" in indigent and underprivileged communities, as well as from among those who battle debilitating diseases that affect their ability to earn enough to feed themselves. For more information about Joshua's Heart Foundation, our local events or how to get involved, please contact us at 305.788.8295. You can also send us an email at info ( @ ) joshuasheart dot org and visit our website at http://www dot joshuasheart dot org dot

    About Whole Foods Market ®: Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America's first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named "America's Healthiest Grocery Store" by Health magazine. The company's motto, "Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet"™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company's more than 64,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 315 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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