On Thursday, January 12, shopping at Whole Foods Market Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Milford or Westport locations will buy more than just food, it will also support Community Plates' food rescue operations in Fairfield County. Whole Foods Market created 5% Community Giving Days, which are hosted four times per year, to give back to the local community. A longtime food donor to Community Plates, Whole Foods Market has increased their support, including a fresh food drive last week, this Thursday's 5% Community Giving Day and the sponsorship of Community Plates' marquee event, Food For All, to be held in April.
"We have seen the tremendous impact that Community Plates makes in the lives of food-insecure families in our communities and couldn’t be more proud to support their work," said Connie Leonard, the market's Metro Marketing Team Leader. "Whole Foods Market started out as a Community Plates Food Donor at our Darien store in 2012 and have expanded our support with weekly food donations now at all of our Fairfield County and Milford stores. We are looking forward to the upcoming 5% Community Giving Day and participating as the Naming Sponsor of Food For All 2017 to help rescue over half a million meals."
Community Plates Executive Director Kevin Mullins said, “Whole Foods Market has been a very important food donor almost from the beginning. These types of long term partnerships are so important to our mission, the end of hunger in our communities is made possible by the contributions of outstanding organizations like this one. Their expanded support of Community Plates means we can have an even greater impact on food insecurity in the US.”
Founded in January 2011, Community Plates is committed to ending American food-insecurity through direct-transfer food rescue. Established as a 501(c)3 non-profit food-rescue platform, Community Plates is focused on transferring healthy, usable foods to where it can help feed those in need. This volunteer-driven, technology fueled process coordinates with restaurants, grocers, bakeries, caterers and other food-service organizations who have foods destined to be thrown away and delivers the food to soup-kitchens, food-pantries and other hunger relief organizations who serve food-insecure individuals and families.