Whole Foods Market Partners with Local Food Pantries to Raise $150,000 for Annual Food Drive

feed4more2feed4more1Whole Foods Market’s annual food donation drive, currently underway, is now a national effort to help feed those in need in the local communities they serve.  The Feed 4 More program is designed to serve the under nourished by providing foods free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives to local non-profit organizations and food pantries for distribution. Generous customers can purchase an all-natural $5 breakfast, $10 lunch or $10 dinner for families of four at the registers to help make a difference. Customers shopping for holiday meals can also donate online this year at: wholefoodsmarket.com/shop

This holiday season, Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc. and the Shawnee Mission School District are co-recipients for Whole Foods Market – Metcalf’s Feed 4 More program. And at our 119th Street location Jewish Family Services and Blue Valley Multi Service Center are co-recipients. Customers can donate to the Feed 4 More program until January 1st, and all four recipients will each receive a monetary donation from Whole Foods Market.

HISTORY OF FEED 4 MORE AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET:

The Whole Foods Market Feed 4 More food drive, originally called Grab & Give, began 6 years ago in the Whole Foods Market Rocky Mountain Region as a community effort to help ensure that local families in need have access to healthy meals. This year, Whole Foods Market locations around the US are joining together with the goal of raising meals to support 1 million people throughout the country.   All food from Whole Foods Market including the donated food is free from artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated fats. 

SHAWNEE MISSION SCHOOL DISTRICT:

The Shawnee Mission School District serves as a first response resource for children and families in need by connecting them with local non-profit organizations for further assistance based upon their unique situation.  The need for food assistance is an increasing reality for many families belonging to the 3rd largest school district in the state of Kansas.  During the 2012-2013 academic year the Shawnee Mission School District officially counted 10,111 students who received free and reduced lunches (up from last year), which equates to more than 1 in 3 students in need of nutrition assistance.  Reports also indicate 451 Shawnee Mission students were homeless during the 2012-2013 school year.

CROSS-LINES COMMUNITY OUTREACH, INC.:

Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc. helps families and individuals with basic needs, such as: rent and utility assistance, hunger relief, free clean clothing, hot showers, laundry services, emergency medical assistance. The donations Cross-Lines Community Outreach receives from Feed 4 More will go to recipients of their food pantry program.  In 2011, thanks to the generosity of Whole Foods Market on Metcalf customers and team members, more than 15,000 meals for 4 were raised for Cross-Lines Community Outreach.

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES OF GREATER KANSAS CITY:

 Jewish Family Services supports and strengthens the Jewish and whole community by providing essential programs and services for individuals and families coping with crises and life’s every day challenges. With a highly-skilled and compassionate staff, JFS is available to help you make life more manageable. This organization was founded upon the Jewish value of preserving the well-being, comfort, and dignity of others. They are dedicated to providing peace of mind and a better life for everyone served, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation or economic situation.

BLUE VALLEY MULTI SERVICE CENTER:

Multi-Service Outreach Centers provide a safety net for those in need and a means of moving beyond cycles of aid into self-reliance.  They serve people in need of social services who live in geographic areas generally conforming to the school district boundaries.

DETAILS:

What: Feed 4 More Food Donation Program

When: November 1st- January 1st, 2013 daily between 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where: Whole Foods Market 7401 W. 91st Street, OP, KS 66212 Phone (913) 652-9633 (Open to public.) and

Whole Foods Market 6621 West 119th Street, OP, KS  66209 Phone (913) 663-2951

 

 

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