Whole Food Market's 5% Community Giving Day raises over $20,000 for Joshua's Heart Foundation

Top Quote August was a great month for philanthropy; In just 1 day, Whole Food Markets throughout Miami outpaced itself to contribute over $20,000 to Joshua's Heart Foundation. A non-profit whose mission is to Stomp Out World Hunger by feeding the needy. End Quote
  • Miami, FL (1888PressRelease) September 14, 2012 - The numbers are in after a Weekend of giving back. Whole Foods Market's (WFM) Miami-Dade County stores pooled their fundraising efforts and raised over $20,000 for Joshua's Heart Foundation (JHF) during their 5% Community Giving Day on Friday, August 17, 2012. In an unprecedented spirit of giving, the Pinecrest, Coral Gables, South Beach, and Aventura stores all stepped up to the plate to support the mission to "Stomp Out Hunger".

    The Foundation is best known for their 11 year old founder, Joshua Williams, who believes that neither child, nor their family should be left hungry. Joshua's Heart has worked tirelessly with Whole Foods Market since 2009 to bring food to communities throughout South Florida and feed the homeless and the hungry, all because of the vision and the heart of a child named Joshua. He has so instilled a spirit of giving back in everyone he touches that he has won the hearts of the WFM Team Members, and they had this to say about this wonderful experience.

    "Joshua and his mission to stomp out hunger provide constant inspiration to me and our team members. He reminds us that one person, no matter how small, can make a difference," Macarena Luz Bianchi, Community Relations Team Leader at Whole Foods Market in South Beach.- raised over $5,000.

    "By simply stocking up on their regular groceries, our customers were able to reach the thousands of families throughout Miami that are forced to depend on the generosity of others to have a simple meal. Joshua is an inspiration for our customers and team members alike, who realize that we all can make an immediate impact on hunger, no matter our age or experience." - Vanessa Hassele, Community Relations Team Leader at Whole Foods Market in Aventura - raised over $7,000.

    The Five Percent Day Program is a great way for our stores to give back to our local communities," said Melissa Jacobs, Marketing Team Leader at Whole Foods Market in Coral Gables. "We welcome the opportunity to support amazing organizations like Joshua's Heart."- raised over $6,000.

    "Joshua's story has shown us that no dream is too big," said Alina Roche, Marketing Representative for Whole Foods Market in Pinecrest. "Our 5% Days give local organizations, like Joshua's Heart Foundation, the support they need to make dreams come true." - raised over $4,000.

    "With support from local businesses like Whole Foods Market, we continue to build our efforts to feed the needy and it helps bring us closer to achieving our mission to "Stomp Out Hunger", said Joshua Williams. "With the donations we receive from events like 5% Community Giving Days, it makes our job easier and helps make families happier and whole when they can put nutritious food on the table for a family meal".

    Joshua's Heart has distributed over 400,000 lbs of food since opening its doors and continues to expand its efforts to feed families in need.

    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 www dot joshuasheart dot org dot

    About Whole Foods Market : Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, 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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