Whole Food 5% Day Partnership
On Thursday, January 11, the five Contra Costa Whole Foods Markets, including the brand new 365 by Whole Foods, donated 5% of their net sales for the day to White Pony Express (WPE).
The Whole Foods stores that participated in the event included those in San Ramon, Lafayette, and two in Walnut Creek (Newell Avenue and Ygnacio Valley Road), plus the 365 by Whole Foods in Concord.
"It was such an honor when Whole Foods, our year-round food donation partner in ending hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County, provided us with the opportunity to share our story within Contra Costa stores,” said Monika Whitfield, Director of Development & Communications for WPE. “We are immensely grateful to benefit from 5% day as well as every day we come together and work to uplift lives."
WPE operates a Food Rescue program that every day picks up an average of 4,500 lb. of surplus food from grocery stores, produce markets, and restaurants. WPE then distributes that food to more than 80 nonprofit organizations that provide it to people who are hungry throughout Contra Costa County.
“We are so pleased to have raised these funds to support White Pony Express from our 5 stores,” remarked Caitlin Amthor, Marketing and Community Relations Lead for Whole Foods .