Chicago Whole Foods Market stores and Growing Home are pleased to announce that customers participating in the most recent One Dime at a Time (ODAAT) program have raised a record-breaking $22,775 over the course of three months, with proceeds benefiting Growing Home.
Whole Food Market’s One Dime at a Time program has been operating since 2008. Customers who provide their own bags at checkout can either take a dime off their bill, or donate the money to a designated charity. Chicago Whole Foods Market stores have raised a total of $80,000 annually for ODAAT non-profits.
Meghan Hurley, Chicago Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader, says “Growing Home’s organic food-based mission was a great fit for our charity program. They have an amazing impact on the local food movement and communities. We are proud to have Growing Home as our partner.”
Polly Washburn, Development Director for Growing Home, says “This is wonderful — and far beyond what we expected to receive from the One Dime at a Time program. A small choice, made by tens of thousands of Chicago Whole Foods customers, has an even greater impact on the lives of their fellow Chicagoans, because of a current matching grant. We want to thank everyone who participated, and let them know that their gesture translates into transformed lives. It’s a big deal to Growing Home and our clients.”
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market 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. The company has more than 315 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.