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Sandy Axelrod is a Chef and has a Grand Diplome from “le Cordon Bleu” and more than 40 years experience in the kitchen. Sandy, her husband Steve and their son Brian have been living in Wellington, Florida for more than 28 years. She was owner & Executive Chef of Affairs to Remember Catering for almost 18 years with events such as the Grand Opening of Saks Fifth Avenue at the Gardens Mall, opening parties at The Mall at Wellington Green, SunFest, opening season at International Polo and assorted private parties throughout South Florida to her credit. She is also in “Who’s Who in America” acknowledging her expertise as a caterer and party planner. Now, in addition to writing a blog about food, restaurants, travel & life experiences at Food & Fond Memories,
and writing two cookbooks, she teaches private hands-on cooking classes.

Corporate Philanthropy: Whole Foods Market

Heirloom Tomatoes From Durst Organic Farm (Photo Source: Whole Foods Market Web Site)

Heirloom Tomatoes From Durst Organic Farm (Photo credit: wholefoodsmarket.com)

Having been enamored with Whole Foods Market since I discovered it many years ago I was thrilled to do more research on the company. I knew from personal experience about their dedication to the communities that are home to their stores but I learned that their reach extends far beyond the United States. I fell in love with Whole Foods Market the moment I stepped foot in the very first one. The produce department was a work of art, as were all of the other departments. We all know them for selling the highest quality fresh, organic and natural foods that are good for us and the environment but here is a bit more of their mission that you may not know.

Whole Foods Markets support organic farmers, growers and the environment through their commitment to sustainable agriculture and by expanding the market for organic products. They respect our environment by recycling, reusing and reducing waste wherever and whenever they can. In addition, Whole Foods Markets recognize their responsibility to be active participants in their local communities and beyond by giving a minimum of five percent of their profits every year to a wide variety of community and non-profit organizations.

As a company Whole Foods is quite unique. Each store has a lot of latitude, unlike big box stores, in deciding the best way that the individual store can meet the community’s needs. Since team members are part of the local community, they are passionate about supporting local causes. It’s a given that each store donates food to area food banks and shelters. Whole Foods has food and knows how to get it to people who need it. If you have questions about our 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.

While store donations provide the backbone of their community giving, Whole Foods Market also gives back to the larger national and global community. Their Whole Planet Foundation fights poverty through micro-lending in rural communities around the world. They provide a good deal of the funding for the loans and underwrite the administrative costs so every dollar donated goes directly to those who need it the most. Additionally, if the need arises, they coordinate donations at the cash register for regional or national disasters. The Whole Planet Foundation’s mission is to create economic partnerships with the poor in those developing-world communities that supply their stores with product. “Through innovative assistance for entrepreneurship — including direct micro-credit loans and tangible support for other community partnership projects — we seek to unleash the energy and creativity of every human being we work with in order to create wealth and prosperity in emerging economies.”

Whole Foods 365 Brand Cereal (Photo Source: Whole Foods Market Web Site)

Whole Foods 365 Brand Cereal (Photo credit: wholefoodsmarket.com)

In addition to all of that they also support Whole Kids Foundation whose mission is to improve children’s nutrition, support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. “Our ultimate goal is an end to the childhood obesity epidemic.”

Through partnerships with innovative organizations, schools and educators, they work to support schools and provide children access to healthier choices. They are also dedicated to inspiring families to make healthy eating choices for life. Children are our future and healthy children grow up to be healthy adults.

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