|Whole Foods Market Promotes Farm Aid and Suports Family Farmers|
SOMERVILLE, Mass.-Farm Aid, the national family farm organization, today announced that Whole Foods Market stores in the greater Philadelphia-Camden region will donate 5 percent of net sales from area stores to Farm Aid on select days in September.
Whole Foods Market's Community 5% Days are one meaningful way the organization gives back to the community. On designated days throughout the year, a total of 5 percent of select stores' net sales are donated to non-profit organizations. Customers can help support these non-profit organizations simply by shopping on these 5% Days.
"Farm Aid works throughout the year to promote food from family farms and to strengthen family farm agriculture," said Farm Aid Executive Director, Carolyn Mugar. "By buying local, organic, family farm identified foods, people are creating a future for family farmers. Thanks to the 5% days, Whole Foods Market customers can support both Farm Aid and family farmers with their food purchases."
Whole Foods Market is an official sponsor of Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk scheduled for Sept. 30 at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, NJ. Community 5% Days to benefit Farm Aid will take place in the two weeks leading up to annual benefit concert. In addition, Whole Foods Market is participating in the event by donating food back stage for artists and crew.
"At Whole Foods Market we recognize the importance of buying locally grown foods and how it keeps all of us connected to the people who grow and produce our foods," said Ken Meyer, president of the Mid Atlantic Region of Whole Foods Market. "We are committed to contributing to the success of these growers, the local economy, and the important work of Farm Aid."
By shopping at the following Whole Foods Market stores on Farm Aid's 5% days, customers will support family farmers:
Marlton Whole Foods Market
North Wales Whole Foods Market
Jenkintown Whole Foods Market
Princeton Whole Foods Market
Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk will feature a diverse line-up of artists, including board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, as well as Jerry Lee Lewis with Roy Head, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer, Steel Pulse, Shelby Lynne, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra, Pauline Reese and Danielle Evin. Individuals and organizations can donate to Farm Aid year round. For more information on Farm Aid and its annual benefit concert, visit www.farmaid.org.
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**MEDIA NOTE: Advance credentials are required for all media to attend Farm Aid 2006 Presented by Silk Soymilk. Please visit www.farmaid.org/credentials by Sept. 22, 2006 to apply.**