Whole Foods Market

Community Giving Program

As a company, we are quite unique. Our stores are not cookie cutter big box-type stores with directives from “corporate” about how to run the business. Each of our stores has a lot of latitude in deciding the best way to operate that individual store to meet the needs of the local community. That makes community giving really special and fun.

Our team members are part of the local community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to our shoppers and neighbors. First off, it’s a given that each store donates food to area food banks and shelters.

Then several times a year, our stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves.

Last but not least, team members are constantly volunteering their time and expertise to an assortment of local non-profits.

If you have questions about Whole Foods' donation policy or have a nonprofit or educational organization you would like us to support, please contact the Marketing Director at your local store or fill out a donation request form (available online --- click on Link to More Info, below).  

(NOTE: Although the Greater Rochester area did not have a Whole Foods store as of the end of 2018, it is expected that Whole Foods will build its first store in the area in Pittsford in 2019 or 2020. This giving program should be operational in the Greater Rochester area once that store opens.) 

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For Grantwriting/Program Development Assistance:

Grants Office  
Phone: (585) 352-2773
Email: [email protected]

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